Chair of Economic and Social Policy

Poor old Germany?

Discussion with Professor Dr. Hagist in SWR2 forum.

Only a few years to go before the contribution-financed pension faces the greatest challenge in its history. When the baby boomers retire, the system is subjected to a stress test that could break it. Since March of this year, a pension commission of the Federal Government has been discussing solutions. Results are to be presented at the beginning of 2020. As early as yesterday evening, the governing parties agreed on improvements in the maternal and reduced earning capacity pensions as well as on contribution ceilings and a stable pension level until 2025. Does this settle the coalition dispute over the future of pensions? Will the measures help to prevent mass old-age poverty in an ageing Germany? What can absorb the demographic burden on our pension system?

Discussing are:

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Hagist, Otto Beisheim School of Management, Düsseldorf 
  • Prof. Dr. Simone Scherger, Universität Bremen, Mitglied der Rentenkommission
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Sell, Hochschule Koblenz
  • Gesprächsleitung: Thomas Ihm

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