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Beschäftigungskonten für Deutschland

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  • Alfred Boss
  • Alessio J. G. Brown
  • Dennis J. Snower

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We present a proposal for reforming unemployment assistance in Germany through the introduction of unemployment accounts (UAs). Instead of paying taxes that finance the unemployment assistance, employed people make ongoing contributions to their UAs and can make withdrawals from these accounts during periods of unemployment. The aim of this policy proposal is to improve employment incentives without significant changes in the current redistribution scheme. We provide a detailed account of how such a system of UAs can be designed and implemented in Germany. To make the influence of UAs as transparent as possible and to avoid introducing other reforms that may make significant bodies of people worse off, we assume that UAs are integrated within the existing unemployment support system, keeping all institutional rules regarding conditions, duration and size of entitlements as well as interpersonal redistribution unchanged. Copyright 2008 der Autoren Journal compilation 2008, Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik.

Volume (Year): 9 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 139-155

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Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:9:y:2008:i:2:p:139-155

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  1. Martin Feldstein & Daniel Altman, 2007. "Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts," NBER Chapters, in: Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 21, pages 35-64 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Alessio J. G. Brown & J. Michael Orszag & Dennis J. Snower, 2006. "Unemployment Accounts and Employment Incentives," Kiel Working Papers 1274, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Dovern, Jonas & Gern, Klaus-Jürgen & Meier, Carsten-Patrick & Oskamp, Frank & Sander, Birgit & Scheide, Joachim & Boss, Alfred, 2007. "Weltkonjunktur und deutsche Konjunktur im Herbst 2007," Kiel Discussion Papers 445/446, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  3. Eichhorst, Werner, 2007. "Von der Frühverrentung zum längeren Erwerbsleben: Transferleistungen, Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Weiterbildung," IZA Discussion Papers 3262, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Boss, Alfred & Dovern, Jonas & Meier, Carsten-Patrick & Oskamp, Frank & Scheide, Joachim, 2007. "Deutsche Konjunktur: Aufschwungskräfte behalten die Oberhand," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 4095, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  5. Eichhorst, Werner, 2007. "Der Arbeitsmarkt in Deutschland: Zwischen Strukturreformen und sozialpolitischem Reflex," IZA Discussion Papers 3194, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Dennis J. Snower & Alessio J. G. Brown & Christian Merkl, 2009. "Globalization and the Welfare State: A Review of Hans-Werner Sinn's Can Germany Be Saved?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 47(1), pages 136-58, March.
  7. Wolfgang Ochel, 2009. "Niederlande: Ein neuer Weg zu mehr Flexicurity," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 62(01), pages 58-61, 01.

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