Faculty of Economic Sciences
Faculty of Economic Sciences

Faculty of Economic Sciences

High rates of diabetes and hypertension found in India

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Rates of diabetes and hypertension are high among middle-aged and elderly people across all geographic measures and sociodemographic groups in India. This is the result of the first nationally representative study of those conditions in the country, presented by an international team of researchers from Harvard University, the University of Göttingen and the Heidelberg University Hospital. From the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer participated in the project. The researchers also found unexpectedly high rates of hypertension among young adults. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Research on ESG engagements in an international context

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Institutional investors are taking a more active role in publicly-traded companies and are attempting to persuade the board to adopt sustainable management policies. In cooperation with Hermes Equity Ownership Services (Hermes EOS), Prof. Dr. Michael Wolff, owner of the Chair of Management and Control, investigates which factors influence the engagement success. The research focuses on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) engagements in an international context. The primary research question is, which type and pattern of interaction with the targeted companies lead to successful engagements (e.g. optimization of the supervisory board composition, improvement of the compensation of the board of directors), taking country-specific and institutional environment into account.

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