How does the future social security system in Germany have to be designed in order to be sustainable? Current discussions on the welfare state and long-term demographic developments underline the need to address this issue. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen, head of the ZEW Research Department “International Finance and Financial Management”, has been appointed as an expert advisor to the newly established commission of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) on questions regarding the future of social security systems in Germany.

The BDA commission with ZEW Economist Bucher-Koenen
The commission of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) at its first meeting.

Bucher-Koenen, together with eight other members from the realms of science and industry, will analyse the status quo of the German social security systems, while developing politically effective and sustainable measures to make the German welfare state both affordable and viable for future generations. The commission “Zukunft der Sozialversicherung – Dauerhafte Begrenzung der Beitragsbelastung” (“The Future of Social Insurance – Limiting the Financial Burden in the Long Term”) commenced its work on 14 February 2019.

You can find further information on the BDA commission on the BDA website (in German only).





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