Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24685
Authors: 
Steiner, Viktor
Year of Publication: 
1996
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 96-14
Abstract: 
This paper follows up recent work on the relationship between (un?)employment and wage effects of social security financing undertaken by the OECD Jobs Study. Based on a simple macroeconometric model of the labour market, I investigate whether the peculiar OECD results for Germany on the incidence of social security contributions and taxes also hold up within a somewhat different model. The study also provides some policy simulations to answer the topical question whether increasing indirect taxes to finance a reduction of the contribution rates to social security levied on employees and employers in Germany. The main result of the paper is that there is in fact a positive short?run employment effect of a revenue neutral switch of financing social security expenditures by increasing indirect taxes and reducing employers' contribution rates, but in the longer?term only modest effects remain due to higher wages.
JEL: 
E24
H55
J38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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