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Matthias Kuppler

Matthias Kuppler
Social Sciences

Matthias Kuppler is a PhD student in Sociology (CDSS) at the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim. At the CDSS, he is associated with the Professorship for Statistics and Methodology where he works on a project on Fair Machine Learning. He holds a Bachelor (2013-2017) and Master's degree (2017-2019) in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Cologne (Germany).

In his master thesis, he investigated how the county-level supply of long-term care (LTC) services affects individual-level choices among LTC arrangements (e.g., inpatient vs outpatient care). To this end, he combined administrative data on LTC service supply from the German Care Statistic with representative survey data on the LTC choices of persons aged 80+ from the NRW80+ survey.

From 2015 to 2020, he worked as a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner (University of Cologne). During this time, he was involved in various research projects in the realm of family sociology and social gerontology, including the project "Quality of Life and Well-Being of the Very Old in NRW (NRW80+)" located at the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (CERES). After completing his Master, he taught undergraduate courses on the application of Rational Choice Theory in empirical social research and on Social Capital Theory at the University of Cologne.

Research interests

  • Explanatory and analytical sociology
  • Computational sociology
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Social inequality research