The German Savings Puzzle


Börsch-Supan, Axel ; Reil-Held, Anette ; Rodepeter, Ralf ; Schnabel, Reinhold ; Winter, Joachim


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/1017
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-10176
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: Discussion Papers / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik ; Department of Economics, Universität Mannheim
Volume: 594
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre
MADOC publication series: Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik > Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Rente , Einkommen , Verbraucher
Abstract: Germany has one of the most generous public pension and health insurance systems of the world, yet private savings are high until old age. Savings remain positive in old age, even for most low income households. How can we explain what we might want to term the "German savings puzzle"? We provide a complicated answer that combines historical facts with capital market imperfections, housing, tax and pension policies. The first part of the paper describes how German households save, based on a synthetic panel of four cross sections of the German Income and Expenditure Survey ("Einkommens- und Verbrauchsstichproben") collected between 1978 and 1993. The second part links saving behavior with public policy, notably tax and pension policy.

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Börsch-Supan, Axel ; Reil-Held, Anette ; Rodepeter, Ralf ; Schnabel, Reinhold ; Winter, Joachim (2000) The German Savings Puzzle. Open Access Discussion Papers / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik ; Department of Economics, Universität Mannheim Mannheim 594 [Working paper]
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