Financial literacy, Riester pensions, and other private old age provision in Germany


Bucher-Koenen, Tabea


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Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2011
The title of a journal, publication series: MEA Discussion Papers
Volume: 250-2011
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) (- 6/2011) (Börsch-Supan) (Börsch-Supan)
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des MEA (Mannheim Research Institute For the Economics of Aging) > MEA Discussion Papers
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
330 Economics
Abstract: Financial knowledge is not wide spread in Germany. In that respect we confirm results found for other countries, like the United States and the Netherlands. Women, those with low education and low income, as well as households in east Germany are at risk of having low financial literacy. In 2001 a state subsidized private pension scheme (Riester pensions) was introduced in Germany. The central question is, Are Riester pensions successful at encouraging individuals with low financial literacy to save privately for old age? Our results indicate that financial literacy is positively related to privately saving for retirement independent of state subsidies. Levels of private coverage are particularly low among individuals in the lowest income quartile, who would profit most from the state subsidies. At the same time they show the lowest levels of financial literacy.

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