Research activities at the chair of Public Finance mostly apply numerical simulation models in order to quantify the macroeconomic consequences as well as the welfare effects of tax and social security reforms. Depending on the considered reform the numerical approaches may be either partial equilibrium life-cycle models or general equilibrium overlapping generations (OLG) models. Most recent models include different forms of aggregate or/and idiosyncratic uncertainty. Numerical simulations are used to disaggregate the efficiency and distributional effects of policy reforms for specific households and generations. In addition, they may also compute the aggregate efficiency gain or loss for the whole economy. Most recent projects consider the life-cycle analysis of housing tenure decisions, occupational choice and health investments.
Recent Working Papers
- H. Fehr and J. Uhde (2014): Means-testing retirement benefits in the UK: Is it efficient?, Netspar Discussion Paper 02/2014-006.
Recent Journal Articles
- H. Fehr, M. Kallweit, F. Kindermann (2017): Families and social security, European Economic Review, 91, 30-56.
- H. Fehr (2016): CGE modeling of Social security reforms, Journal of Policy Modeling 38(3), 475-494.
- H. Fehr, M. Kallweit and F. Kindermann (2015): Household Formation, Female Labor Supply and Savings, Scandinavian Journal of Economics forthcoming.
- H. Fehr, M. Kallweit and F. Kindermann (2015): Reforming Family Taxation in Germany – Labor Supply vs. Insurance Effects, FinanzArchiv 71(1), 53-81.
- H. Fehr and F. Kindermann (2015): Taxing capital along the transition - Not a bad idea after all?, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 51, 64-77.