In times of the financial crisis much was written about the advantages of having the social market economy instead of the market economy american style. The challenge was always to measure the degree of "social" in that context. With the MSME index my fellow colleague Cortnie Shupe is going to fill the expression with life and concrete examples. In fall this year the first results are expected to be published. If you have any questions or comments don´t hesitate to get in contact with her.