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Direct and Indirect Effects of Social Policies on Labor Supply Decisions: Empirical Evidence from Germany ; Dissertation


Clara Welteke

Berlin: FU Berlin, 2017, 190 S.


The present dissertation comprises three chapters on the direct and indirect effects of social policies on labor supply decisions of two exemplary groups of individuals with particularly low employment rates: mothers with young children and workers approaching the retirement age. The first chapter of my dissertation explores whether the abolishment of an early retirement program for women effectively increased employment of the affected group, or instead led to increased program substitution into unemployment or disability pension programs. In the second and third chapter, I analyze whether the decisions of peers at the workplace have influence individual labor supply decisions of older workers and mothers with young children respectively.

Keywords: peer effects, retirement entry, employment exit, program substitution, maternal employment, parental leave
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