Old-Age Provision and Social Policy

This research unit deals with the implications of population aging on the sustainability and incentive structure of social security systems, including old age, health and long-term care insurance, and its interactions with saving behavior. Understanding savings behavior is crucial in order to investigate the potential role of private pension provision and evaluate the consequences of a transition towards partially funded social security systems.
Specifically, this research unit tries to understand the implications of incentive effects on individual saving and retirement decisions. It investigates how and why households save, and how that is linked to private and public transfers between generations. It asks questions such as: Are alternative social security reforms sustainable? How will different population groups be affected by reforms? What are the implications of the recent transition to a multi-pillar model of financing social security?
This unit will make use of several specially designed simulation models including population and labor force projections.

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Introducing a pension information platform in Germany?

New feasibility study for a digital pension cockpit

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Mexican Government honors Dr. Diana López-Falcón

Dr. Diana López-Falcón, researcher at MEA, receives the "Distinguished Mexican Award" by her home...

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Research Ministers Visit MEA

Prof. Börsch-Supan meets with German Federal Minister of Education and Research and Bavarian...

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MEA director part of new pension commission

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan appointed as expert by German Government

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press release on April 24, 2018

"Kosten der doppelten Haltelinie"

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Max Planck Day on September 14th, 2018

MEA participates in central event in Munich

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Econometrics in the Castle: "Machine Learning in Economics and Econometrics"

The workshop will be organized by the Max Planck Society and the University of Hamburg on May...

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