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Elements of Generational Solidarity in the German Pension System

  • The article focuses on the legal aspects of intergenerational solidarity in the German statutory pension system. Organised on a pay-as-you-go basis, it relies on a balance of those obliged to pay contributions vs. those who receive benefits. The footing of this system, however, becomes fragile in times of rising life expectancy and declining birth rates: fewer employees will have to finance the pension rights of a growing number of pensioners. These developments do not only lead to lower acceptance of the “intergenerational contract” by the economically active who have to invest a large share of their income in the financing of current pensions while facing the risk of receiving low payments in the future. It also raises questions of intergenerational justice.

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Author:Constanze Janda
Parent Title (English):Solidarity Across Generations: Comparative Law Perspectives
Serie:Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law; 49
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Place of publication:Berlin
Editor:Eri Kasagi
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2020
Publishing Institution:Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften
Release Date:2020/10/20
First Page:37
Last Page:57
Documents ordered by chairs:Lehrstuhl für Sozialrecht und Verwaltungswissenschaft (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Constanze Janda)
Access Rights:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt