In Germany, families currently benefit from more than 150 different public transfers. The established complex scheme of family related transfers comprises direct money transfers, favourable tax treatment, special services from social insurance schemes, as well as real transfers through public provision of infrastructure. One focus of the political debate on reforming family related transfers is to concentrate them in the phase of the life cycle of families when they need support most. This project aims at estimating the financial possibilities for reallocating family related public transfers over the life cycle. For this purpose, the value of transfers received depending on family age is estimated using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel. The analysis distinguishes between several family types, characterised by familiy status, number of children and income position of the household.


Prognos AG , Berlin , DE

Project duration

20.01.2008 - 31.05.2008