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Für einen nachhaltigen Beitragssatz in der Arbeitslosenversicherung

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  • Ingmar Kumpmann

The German Federal Government has decided to decrease the contribution rate of the statutory unemployment insurance from 4.2 to 3.3 per cent of gross wages. The unemployment insurance retards the income loss in times of increasing unemployment, which has a dampening effect on the business cycle. In order not to countervail this effect it is necessary to hold the contribution rate stable over times with high and low unemployment. Therefore, the budget surplus of the unemployment insurance agency in the current economic upswing is no sufficient argument for a contribution cut. A present reduction of the contribution rate induces the risk of a new contribution rise in the next economic slowdown. It would be better to build up sufficient reserves so that a contribution rise will be avoidable even in times with increasing unemployment.

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Article provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its journal Wirtschaft im Wandel.

Volume (Year): 13 (2007)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 398-402

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Handle: RePEc:iwh:iwhwiw:11-07-4
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