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Privatization of Public Pensions in Germany: Who Gains and How Much? / Privatisierung der deutschen Rentenversicherung: Wer gewinnt und wieviel?

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  • Fehr Hans

    (Universität Tübingen, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Seminar, Mohlstr. 36, D-72074 Tübingen)

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This paper examines the distributional and efficiency effects of pension privatization in Germany. Starting from a benchmark that reflects the current unfunded pension system, a fully funded system is introduced. The accrued benefits of the old system are financed by alternative tax combinations as well as deficit increases. The quantitative analysis is based on an Auerbach-Kotlikoff type simulation model that distinguishes between five lifetime income classes within each age cohort. The simulations reveal a clear trade-off between the efficiency and equity aspects of alternative financing schemes. While consumption taxes are the most efficient financing instrument, they also undermine intra- and intergenerational equity. Phasing-out the unfunded system on the other hand not only dampens the income redistribution across and within generations, but also reduces the efficiency gains dramatically.

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  • Fehr Hans, 1999. "Privatization of Public Pensions in Germany: Who Gains and How Much? / Privatisierung der deutschen Rentenversicherung: Wer gewinnt und wieviel?," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 218(5-6), pages 674-694, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:218:y:1999:i:5-6:p:674-694
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    1. Grabka, Markus M. & Andersen, Hanfried H. & Henke, Klaus-Dirk & Borchardt, Katja, 2003. "Kapitaldeckung für die GKV? Zur Berechnung der finanziellen Auswirkungen eines Umstiegs vom Umlage- auf das Kapitaldeckungssystem," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 265-283.
    2. Georg Hirte, 2002. "Welfare and Macroeconomic Effects of the German Pension Acts of 1992 and 1999: A Dynamic CGE Study," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 3(1), pages 81-106, February.

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