The principal aim of the project is to submit a proposal concerning the reform of the German unemployment insurance, unemployment assistance and social assistance system. The project is part of a major project whose aim is to provide a reform proposal concerning the complete German social security system additionally containing the public pension system and health insurance. Project work is essentially based on the following steps: In a first step, it is intended to analyse the status-quo systems and to identify current reform requirements. In a second step, reform concepts are developed, which are to be evaluated with respect to their public budget implications and with respect to their impact on efficiency and income distribution. Concerning the quantitative analysis, micro simulations and a computable general equilibrium model are used to simulate the implications of potential reform concepts. As regards the cooperation with the other project partners, the principal aim is to take into account repercussions and to quantify budgetary interdependencies among the separate pillars of the German social security system.

Selected Publications

Discussion and Working Papers

Boeters, Stefan, Michael Feil and Nicole Gürtzgen (2004), Discrete Working Time Choice in an Applied General Equilibrium Model, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 04-20, Mannheim. Download

Boeters, Stefan, Nicole Gürtzgen and Reinhold Schnabel (2003), Reforming Social Welfare in Germany - An Applied General Equilibrium Analysis, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 03-70, Mannheim. Download


Bertelsmann Stiftung , Gütersloh , DE

Project duration

01.08.2002 - 30.04.2004


Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel

Project members

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schnabel
Prof. Dr. Melanie Arntz
Dr. Stefan Boeters
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz
Prof. Dr. Nicole Gürtzgen
Peter Jacobebbinghaus
PD Dr. Alexander Spermann

Cooperation partner

Prof. Dr. F. Breyer, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz
Prof. Dr. E. Wille, Universität Mannheim, Mannheim
Prof. Dr. S. Homburg, Universität Hannover, Hannover