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Author Scheubel, Beatrice

Title Bismarck's Institutions : a historical perspective on the social security hypothesis / Beatrice Scheubel
Published Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series Beiträge zur Finanzwissenschaft, 31
Beiträge zur Finanzwissenschaft ; 31
Contents Pages:1 to 25; Pages:26 to 50; Pages:51 to 75; Pages:76 to 100; Pages:101 to 125; Pages:126 to 150; Pages:151 to 175; Pages:176 to 200; Pages:201 to 225; Pages:226 to 250; Pages:251 to 275; Pages:276 to 296
Summary The decline in birth rates in advanced economies is not a new phenomenon. Between 1880 and 1900 birth rates dropped from 5.5 children per woman to 2.5 children per woman. A further decline from 2.5 to 1.5 or even 1.3 children took much longer - about 80 years. One of the most apparent causes is, however, widely ignored. Beatrice Scheubel tries to fill this gap. According to the so-called Social Security Hypothesis, insurance against the risks of life (i.e. poverty for all sorts of reasons, in particular, age) by the state crowds out all types of private insurance. One of the (vast) different possibilities to privately insure oneself against poverty is having children. That is why it should not be surprising to witness falling birth rates given the sheer magnitude of the welfare state. In this book, Beatrice Scheubel analyses the effects of the first comprehensive system of social security, which was introduced between 1883 and 1891 in Germany
Analysis Advanced Economies
Birth rates
Corporate & Business History
Demographic change
Economic History
Social Security Hypothesis
Social security
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
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Subject Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898
Bismarck, Otto von 1815-1898
Demographic transition -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
Social security -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
Social security individual investment accounts.
Social security.
Germany -- Population -- History -- 19th century
Germany -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013437795
ISBN 1299831893 (ebk)
3161524977 (electronic bk.)
9781299831896 (ebk)
9783161524974 (electronic bk.)