Good for everyone? Reassessing the German pension reform

MEA Director Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan discusses the pension reform at the Max-Planck-Forum

On November 13th, MEA Director Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan took part in a panel discussion at the Max-Planck-Forum in Berlin. Subject of the discussion was the demographic change as a challenge for the German social security and pension system: Being under high pressure because of an ageing society and low birth rates, what should the German social security system brace itself up for in the future? Will there be new groups in risk of poverty and who would that be? Is the flexibilization of retirement age and work environment a way to the solution of the problem?

Fellow discussants were Prof. Dr. James W. Vaupel, director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and Ingo Schäfer, head of old-age security and rehabilitation at the German Trade Union Confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund). The discussion was moderated by Ralph Bollmann of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

An audio-recording of the talk can be found here (in German):

An article about the Max-Planck-Forum can be found here: