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Der Koalitionsvertrag nimmt die Gesellschaft in die Pflicht

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  • Stefan Bach
  • Hermann Buslei
  • Kristina van Deuverden
  • Tomaso Duso
  • Ferdinand Fichtner
  • Marcel Fratzscher
  • Johannes Geyer
  • Martin Gornig
  • Peter Haan
  • Claudia Kemfert
  • Holger Lüthen
  • Claus Michelsen
  • Kai-Uwe Müller
  • Karsten Neuhoff
  • Erika Schulz
  • Jürgen Schupp
  • C. Katharina Spieß
  • Gert G. Wagner

Abstract

The coalition agreement of November 2013 includes a number of specific and ambitious goals relating to economic and social development. For instance, investment in infrastructure is to be increased and the income situation of certain groups of pensioners and employees improved through higher pension entitlements and the introduction of a minimum wage; at the same time, there are to be no tax increases. The energy transition is to continue on its target-oriented course, and work and family life will be easier to reconcile in future. The perception of consumer interests is to be improved by realigning the institutional structures of consumer policy. This is all good news for many people. Whether or not these proposed reforms will in fact be achieved and whether or not they will have a positive impact on economic and social development depends largely on the precise nature of the associated policies. After all, depending on how they are implemented, good intentions can also fail to meet their objectives or have undesired side effects on people's living conditions and on economic growth. It is first and foremost the responsibility of society to develop a long-term vision about how these measures can be made to fit into a consistent whole. Der Koalitionsvertrag, den CDU, CSU und SPD Ende November 2013 veröffentlich haben, enthält im Hinblick auf die wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung viele konkrete und ehrgeizige Ziele: So sollen die Investitionsausgaben steigen, die Einkommenssituation ausgewählter Gruppen von Rentnern und Arbeitnehmern durch eine Anhebung der Rentenansprüche und die Einführung eines Mindestlohns verbessert werden; gleichzeitig soll es keine Steuererhöhungen geben. Die Energiewende soll zielgerichtet voranschreiten, und Beruf und Familie sollen künftig leichter zu vereinbaren sein. Die Wahrnehmung der Interessen von Verbrauchern soll durch eine Neuausrichtung der institutionellen Strukturen der Verbraucherpolitik verbessert werden. Das sind für viele Menschen gute Nachrichten. Ob diese angekündigten Reformvorhaben tatsächlich erreicht werden und ob sie sich positiv auf die wirtschaftliche und soziale Entwicklung auswirken, hängt entscheidend davon ab, wie die damit verbundenen Politikmaßnahmen ausgestaltet werden. Denn je nach Umsetzung können auch gute Absichten ihre Ziele verfehlen oder unerwünschte Nebenwirkungen auf die Lebensverhältnisse der Menschen und das Wirtschaftswachstum zeigen.

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  • Stefan Bach & Hermann Buslei & Kristina van Deuverden & Tomaso Duso & Ferdinand Fichtner & Marcel Fratzscher & Johannes Geyer & Martin Gornig & Peter Haan & Claudia Kemfert & Holger Lüthen & Claus Mic, 2013. "Der Koalitionsvertrag nimmt die Gesellschaft in die Pflicht," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 80(50), pages 31-42.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwob:80-50-5
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    1. Christine Hagen & Ralf K. Himmelreicher, 2014. "Erwerbsminderungsrente in Deutschland: ein unterschätztes Risiko(?)," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 83(2), pages 115-138.

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    Keywords

    Koaltionsvertrag; politisches Programm; Wohlstand; Zukunftsfähigkeit;
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    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • D18 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Protection
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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