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dc.contributor.authorBartels, Charlotteen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-23en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-18T14:26:09Z-
dc.date.available2012-01-18T14:26:09Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/54726-
dc.description.abstractWelfare states redistribute both between individuals (inter-individual redistribution) reducing annual, cross-sectional inequality and over the lifecycle of an individual (intra-individual redistribution) insuring individuals against income risks in the long-term. But studies measuring redistribution often focus on a one-year period and the second aspect is neglected. To quantify both inter- and intra-individual redistribution in Germany this study uses SOEP data from 1984 to 2009 to construct long-term incomes over a 20-year period. Results show that annual, cross-sectional inequality is higher than inequality in the long-run, but the effect of redistribution is also larger annually than in the long-term. Depending on age the distributional focus of the German welfare state differs. When persons are young, state intervention reduces income differences between individuals mainly through the progressive tax system. Getting older and reaching retirement age income-smoothing redistribution via social security pensions becomes central.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aFreie Univ., Fachbereich Wirtschaftswiss. |cBerlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aSchool of Business & Economics Discussion Paper: Economics |x2011/25en_US
dc.subject.jelD31en_US
dc.subject.jelD63en_US
dc.subject.jelH53en_US
dc.subject.jelH55en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordlong-term income inequalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordincome redistributionen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial securityen_US
dc.titleRedistribution and insurance in the German welfare stateen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn68058787Xen_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:fubsbe:201125-

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