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Longevity and Redistribution in the German Pension System

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  • Stefan Hupfeld

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz)

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    There are theoretical foundations which allow hypothesizing on a positive association of life expectancy or retirement age with income. If both cannot be falsified, the relationship of income and the internal rate of return of a public pension system is not straight forward. By application of a partially linear model to micro data from the German public pension system, it is found that neither life expectancy, nor retirement age is monotonously increasing in income, as measured in benefit claims. The relation of benefit claims and duration under the benefit spell (which determines the rate of return) depends on the set of covariates. Including pensions for disabled individuals, three out of four specifications exhibit a duration decreasing in benefit claims.

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    Paper provided by Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim in its series Working Papers of the Research Group Heterogenous Labor with number 06-10.

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: 25 Apr 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:knz:hetero:0610

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    Keywords: Public Pension System ; Life Expectancy ; Redistribution ; Partially Linear Model;

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    1. Reil-Held, Anette, 2000. "Einkommen und Sterblichkeit in Deutschland: Leben Reiche länger?," Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications 00-14, Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim & Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim.
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    1. Kühntopf, Stephan & Tivig, Thusnelda, 2007. "Renteneintrittsalter und Lebensdauer: Was kostet die Frühverrentung?," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 67, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
    2. Kühntopf, Stephan & Tivig, Thusnelda, 2008. "Early retirement in Germany: Loss of income and lifetime?," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 85, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.

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