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Surprises in a Growing Market Niche: An Evaluation of the German Private Life Annuities Market

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High replacement rates from public old age insurance might lead to the belief that little room is left for private sector life annuities in Germany. Taking a closer look, we find a small market with a surprisingly large variety of products. Due to the recent pension reform and future ones to come the market is projected to grow substantially in the years to come. This paper describes the life annuity contracts available and determines their money's worth for different subgroups of the population.The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance (2004) 29, 394–416. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0440.00294.x
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 1Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Ageing, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim 2: 2Institute of Insurance Science and Department of Business Administration, University of Mannheim

Publication date: 01 July 2004

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