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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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The individual in ageing Germany

The individual in ageing Germany

how the self-employed plan for their old age

(p.149) Nine The individual in ageing Germany
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Annette Franke

Policy Press

Individuals nowadays live longer than their parents and their grandparents did. At the same time, they might fear that existing support mechanisms, for example pension schemes and care arrangements, are challenged because of the increasing number of older people. Consequently, individuals might need to prepare and make plans for their own old age. This chapter examines how individuals plan for their old age, focussing especially on self-employed individuals. These people are interesting, because they have more possibilities and a bigger need to shape their own exit from the workforce. When looking at self-employed people, this chapter using Germany, the oldest European country, as an example.

Keywords:   individual, Germany, life plans, self-employment, retirement

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