SFB 504 discussion paper 00-20

Axel Börsch-Supan
Sonderforschungsbereich 504
L 13, 15, D-68131 Mannheim

Data and Research on Retirement in Germany

The German public retirement insurance is one of the most generous and universal pension systems in the world. At the same time, the system is under severe strain due to very strong population aging and shrinking system participation. Labor force participation of the elderly is therefore an important scientific and political issue. Against this backdrop, the paper describes and evaluates micro data sources on labor force participation of the elderly and retirement behavior in Germany. It presents quality, breadth, and availability of the existing data sources, discusses where gaps exist, and describes which attempts are being made to fill these gaps. The paper also describes how the available data has been used for econometric studies on incentive effects inducing early retirement in Germany. Additional attention is given to the potential use of German data for cross-national comparisons.
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