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German Unemployment insurance: scope for lowering the contribution rate (in German)

Kiel Policy Brief, 129 Download PDF


Despite the gloomy economic outlook for Germany, the Federal Employment Agency will continue to generate surpluses in 2019 and 2020. The author shows that the general reserve of the Federal Employment Agency (23.5 billion euros at the end of 2018) will continue to rise. He therefore considers a further reduction in the contribution rate to be appropriate in view of the extremely high reserve.


Alfred Boss