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Pension reform with variable retirement age: a simulation analysis for Germany*

Hans Fehr (), Manuel Kallweit and Fabian Kindermann

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2012, vol. 11, issue 3, 389-417

Abstract: The paper analyzes the recent pension reform in Germany which increases the normal retirement age by two years. The applied simulation model features a realistic demographic transition, distinguishes three skill classes with different life expectancies and allows individuals to choose their labor supply at the intensive and the extensive margin. Our simulation results indicate that under the existing pension rules long-run contribution rates and old-age poverty rates will increase considerably. The proposed rise in the normal retirement age will postpone effective retirement by about one year and redistribute towards future cohorts. A stronger delay in effective retirement may be achieved by raising the actuarial adjustment of benefits.

Date: 2012
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