Beliefs about demographic change: How well are individuals informed?

Stumpf, Elisa ; Schütz, Jana ; Übelmesser, Silke ; Baginski, Ronja ; Aprea, Carmela

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2024
The title of a journal, publication series: Jena Economics Research Papers
Volume: 2024,003
Place of publication: Jena
Publishing house: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
ISSN: 1618-7547 , 1864-7057
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Wirtschaftspädagogik, Design and Evaluation instruktionaler Systeme (Aprea 2018-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: H55 , D83,
Keywords (English): beliefs , belief updating , demographic change , old-age dependency ratio , information provsion
Abstract: Demographic change is one of Germany’s most pressing social and economic challenges. Using data from a representative telephone survey, we analyze how well informed respondents are about the magnitude of demographic change and what factors influence the accuracy of their beliefs. We find that respondents tend to overestimate the old-age dependency ratio when considering the current and long-term demographic situation separately. However, their beliefs regarding the change of the old-age dependency ratios over the considered period are not far from the projected change. A better understanding of the German statutory pension insurance plays an important role for more accurate beliefs.

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