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Reformen der Alterssicherung und der sozioökonomische Status Älterer in Großbritannien und Deutschland
[Pension reform and the socioeconomic status of older people in Britain and Germany]


  • Ginn, Jay
  • Fachinger, Uwe
  • Schmähl, Winfried


The paper outlines in short the development of old age security systems in the United Kingdom and Germany and shows the current state of the socio-economic status of the elderly. We start with a brief and only the basic conception characterizing description of the old age security systems, followed by a presentation of the political discussion and the development of the law since 2000. Then the current old age policy is evaluated on the basis of four criteria: Income adequacy for pensioners, degree of inequality of pensioner incomes, sustainability of pension schemes and maintenance of incentives to save. This is followed by a brief outline of the emerging challenges over the next ten years. Finally some conclusions are drawn, which occur from the analysis.

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  • Ginn, Jay & Fachinger, Uwe & Schmähl, Winfried, 2007. "Reformen der Alterssicherung und der sozioökonomische Status Älterer in Großbritannien und Deutschland
    [Pension reform and the socioeconomic status of older people in Britain and Germany]
    ," MPRA Paper 3189, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3189

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    1. Phil Agulnik & Julian Le Grand, 1998. "Tax relief and partnership pensions," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 19(4), pages 403-428, November.
    2. Viebrok, Holger & Himmelreicher, Ralf K., 2001. "Verteilungspolitische Aspekte vermehrter privater Altersvorsorge," Working papers of the ZeS 17/2001, University of Bremen, Centre for Social Policy Research (ZeS).
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    old age security system; socio-economic status; old age policy; elderly;

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    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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