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dc.contributor.authorWörz, Markusen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-10en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-10T15:33:09Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-10T15:33:09Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/56790-
dc.description.abstractSocial protection in case of unemployment has always been a particularly contentious issue. This paper focuses on institutional changes in the unemployment compensation system in Germany since the 1980s. It starts with a description of key features and the structure of the unemployment insurance system. The paper goes on to show how insurance coverage, benefit generosity (in terms of amount and duration of benefits), and eligibility requirements for drawing on unemployment benefits have evolved over time. Nearly all aspects of unemployment benefits have been reduced since the 1980s. An exception to this rule can be seen in the duration of benefits; they were first extended and then subsequently reduced. Elsewhere, the pattern has been of cutbacks. For example, the scope of insurance (measured as the proportion of the labour force being insured) was reduced. This decline, however, was due more to changes in the labour force than to direct government intervention. Replacement rates for unemployment benefits and assistance were cut. In the case of the latter these were transformed into a flat-rate benefit. Finally, regulations regarding eligibility and criteria for qualification and disqualification became increasingly strict.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherWZB Berlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Abteilung Ungleichheit und Soziale Integration, Forschungsschwerpunkt Bildung, Arbeit und Lebenschancen SP I 2011-206en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitslosenversicherungen_US
dc.subject.stwHartz-Reformen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Sicherungen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleUnemployment compensation in Germany: Provisions and institutional changes since the 1980sen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn689920636en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:wzbisi:SPI2011206-
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