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Welfare transitions before and after reforms of the German welfare system

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  • Wunder, Christoph
  • Riphahn, Regina

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We study state dependence in the German welfare system and compare transition patterns before and after recent reforms of the welfare system (Hartz Reforms). Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we apply dynamic multinomial logit estimators and find that welfare transitions have generally not changed significantly after the reform: the probabilities of welfare entry and welfare exit increased only slightly whereas the probability of welfare persistence declined somewhat. After the reform, welfare persistence and welfare-to-employment transitions of immigrants became more responsive to the labor market situation. --

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Paper provided by Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association in its series Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order with number 79715.

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