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Riester-Rente: Rezept gegen Altersarmut?


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  • Johannes Geyer


Die 2001 eingeführte staatliche Förderung der sogenannten Riester-Rente hat zum Ziel, die Anreize zum Aufbau einer kapitalgedeckten privaten Altersvorsorge zu erhöhen. In erster Linie soll die private Vorsorge Versicherten der gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung und Beamten helfen, die langfristige Niveauabsenkung der gesetzlichen Renten und Pensionen zu kompensieren. Darüber hinaus zielt die staatliche Förderung insbesondere auf Geringverdiener und Mütter beziehungsweise Familien mit Kindern ab. Nach zehn Jahren haben jedoch weniger als 40 Prozent aller Anspruchsberechtigten einen Riester-Vertrag abgeschlossen. Und eine strukturelle Analyse der Inanspruchnahme der Riester-Rente auf Basis der Daten des sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP) für die Jahre 2004 bis 2010 zeigt, dass Geringverdiener, Personen mit niedrigem Bildungsabschluss und Migrationshintergrund seltener "riestern" als der Durchschnitt der Bevölkerung. Bei Frauen ist die Riester-Rente am weitesten verbreitet, und es zeigt sich, dass die Zahl der Kinder die Wahrscheinlichkeit des Abschlusses eines Riester-Vertrags stark positiv beeinflusst. Die Gruppe der kindererziehenden Versicherten erhält signifikante staatliche Zuschüsse.

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Article provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its journal DIW Wochenbericht.

Volume (Year): 78 (2011)
Issue (Month): 47 ()
Pages: 16-21

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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwob:78-47-3

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Keywords: Private pension provision; Riester scheme; tax incentives;

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  1. Lamla, Bettina, 2012. "Family background, informal networks and the decision to provide for old age: A siblings approach," MEA discussion paper series 12261, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
  2. Heike Joebges & Volker Meinhard & Katja Rietzler & Rudolf Zwiener, 2012. "Auf dem Weg in die Altersarmut - Bilanz der Einführung der kapitalgedeckten Riester-Rente," IMK Report 73-2012, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
  3. Michael Ziegelmeyer & Julius Nick, 2012. "Backing out of private pension provision - Lessons from Germany," BCL working papers 74, Central Bank of Luxembourg.
  4. Heike Joebges & Volker Meinhard & Katja Rietzler & Rudolf Zwiener, 2012. "On the Path to Old-Age Poverty - Assessing the Impact of the Funded Riester Pension," IMK Report 73e-2012, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
  5. Bettina Lamla, 2012. "Family Background, Informal Networks and the Decision to Provide for Old Age: A Siblings Approach," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 466, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).


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