Working Paper

Incentives to work for recipients of unemployment benefit II - a reform proposal (original publication in German)


  • Boss
  • A.
Publication Date

Recipients of the means-tested unemployment benefits II face high (explicit and implicit) tax rates if they start working or increase work efforts. Beyond certain wage limits, they have to pay wage income tax, solidarity surcharge and contributions to the social security system. In addition, the benefits are reduced according to specific rules. A proposal to reduce the tax rates and thus to increase the incentives to work is presented in the paper.


JEL Classification
H24, H26

Key Words

  • incentives to work
  • public assistance
  • unemployment benefit II