Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik
Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg
Research foci (and basic equipment-based research projects):
- Income redistribution and welfare state
- Social security system
- Reforming the welfare state
Public provision of social security (health insurance, pension scheme and unemployment insurance) and redistribution is regarded as a remedy against market failure. Increasing welfare activities and expanding social security systems in the past are being called into question by the ongoing employment crisis and process of globalisation. The welfare state faces increasing burden of taxes and social security payments owing to negative impacts on employment, declining population, early retirement and the costs of reunification. Research reveals shortcomings of existing welfare policies in Germany. Public contributions to reduce allocative inefficiencies of insurance markets and distributive problems are detected, reforms for the sustainability of welfare policies are proposed. In this respect, the complementarity of labour market policy and welfare policy is pronounced.