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Public Finance, Social Security, Distribution

Researchers in the competence area Public Finance, Social Security, Distribution study the fiscal effects of political measures.

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If we are to solve the challenges facing our society, such as public debt crisis and demographic change, first of all we need a sound theoretical and empirical analysis of public budgets and social insurance systems. Responding to this need, the researchers of the unit ‘Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution’ examine the fiscal consequences of specific government policies, analyse the incentive and distribution effects for companies and private households and evaluate governmental redistribution policies.

Our aim is to develop ideas for effective long-term financial policies and reliable and efficient social insurance coverage for the major risks in life, i.e. old age, illness and long- term care. In the European context this requires a profound analysis of the Member States’ regulatory framework in order to understand interdependencies between varying national subsystems.

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Jochen Pimpertz

Dr. Jochen Pimpertz

Head of the Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution

Tel: +49 221 4981-760
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Martin Beznoska

Dr. Martin Beznoska

Senior Economist for Financial Policy and Tax Policy

Tel: +49 30 27877-101
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Tobias Hentze

Dr. Tobias Hentze

Senior Economist for Financial Policy and Tax Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-748
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Jasmina Kirchhoff

Dr. Jasmina Kirchhoff

Project Manager for Pharmaceutical Location Germany

Tel: +49 221 4981-813
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Ruth Maria Schüler

Dr. Ruth Maria Schüler

Economist for social security systems and income and wealth distribution

Tel: +49 221 4981-885
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Simon Schumacher

Simon Schumacher

Economist für Pharmastandort Deutschland

Tel: +49 221 4981-866
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Maximilian Stockhausen

Dr. Maximilian Stockhausen

Economist for Income and Wealth Distribution

Tel: +49 30 27877 134
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Industry policy recommendations for a sustainable pharmaceutical industry
IW-Policy Paper No. 22 24. September 2021

More medicines "made in Germany" via international networking

Jasmina Kirchhoff

The Corona pandemic has put the German pharmaceutical industry more than ever in the focus of political and social discussions. At an unprecedented speed, pharmaceutical companies have developed and brought to market four vaccines approved in Europe – German companies have played a major role in this success.

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Analysis of the party programs and outlook for the coming legislative period
IW-Policy Paper No. 19 19. September 2021

Income tax policy in the federal election campaign

Martin Beznoska / Tobias Hentze

Income tax policy plays a relevant role in the election programs for the German federal election 2021. According to the election programs, basically all parties are aiming for relief for small and medium incomes and for households with children.

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An Estimate of the Potential of Inheritance Tax to Relieve the Labor Factor
IW-Policy Paper No. 18 14. September 2021

An Estimate of the Potential of Inheritance Tax to Relieve the Labor Factor

Martin Beznoska / Tobias Hentze

In der politischen Debatte wird teilweise argumentiert, dass die Erbschaftsteuer die bessere Vermögensteuer sei.

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A comparison of absolute and relative intergenerational labour income mobility in Germany and the US
External Publication 17. August 2021

Like father, like son?: A comparison of absolute and relative intergenerational labour income mobility in Germany and the US

Maximilian Stockhausen in Journal of Economic Inequality

Are children better off than their parents? This highly debated question in politics and economics is investigated by analysing the trends in absolute and relative intergenerational labour income mobility for Germany and the US.

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Measuring the solidarity principle in Germany’s statutory health insurance system
IW-Analyse No. 143 13. July 2021

Would universal health insurance lead to more solidarity?

Martin Beznoska / Jochen Pimpertz / Maximilian Stockhausen

The principle behind Germany’s statutory health insurance (SHI) system, into which all employees up to a certain income threshold are obliged to pay a per¬centage of their earnings, is one of solidarity.

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