Will it Last? An Assessment of the 2001 German Pension Reform

36 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2001

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Holger Bonin

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: August 2001


In May 2001, Germany adopted a fundamental pension reform cutting back public pensions and introducing personal pension accounts. The paper critically reviews the reform decisions and evaluates their long-term viability. It is shown that the adjustment of the Public Pension Scheme misses the proclaimed contribution rate and replacement ratio targets already under moderate economic conditions. However, the new private pension plans provide scope for further downsizing state pensions, necessary beyond 2025. As the enacted savings rate target is conservative, individual pensions keep retirement income sufficient even if returns to pension funds are low due to legal restrictions on savings vehicles.

Keywords: Pension Reform, Pension Funding, Fiscal Projections, Germany

JEL Classification: F22, E66

Suggested Citation

Bonin, Holger, Will it Last? An Assessment of the 2001 German Pension Reform (August 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 343. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=281405

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