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Title:Severance Payments for Dismissed Employees in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Grund, Christian
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:Bonn econ discussion papers 2004,4
Abstract:This contribution investigates severance payments for dismissed employees in Germany. Particularly, it responds to the following questions: Who receives severance payments? By which characteristics is the level of severance payments determined? Is overcompensation to be considered a relevant issue? Hereby, individual and collective dismissals are distinguished. This is the first study on this issue using individual representative data – the German Socio- Economic Panel – and multivariate methods. The results indicate that rather women, persons with many years of tenure and working in big firms receive severance payments. There is a huge variance in the size of the payments, which can only partly be explained by tenure, the wage and citizenship. About one quarter of dismissed employees is better off in their following careers independent of having received a severance payment.
Subjects:Severance Payments
Dismissals
Plant closings
Dismissal Protection
JEL:J32
J53
M51
M52
J65
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Bonn Econ Discussion Papers, Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), Universität Bonn

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