a1 ZEW Mannheim and University of Heidelberg (e-mail: Heinemann@zew.de)
a2 ZEW Mannheim and University of Mannheim
a3 ZEW Mannheim
Although demographic change leaves pay-as-you-go pension systems unsustainable, reforms, such as a higher pension age, are highly unpopular. This contribution looks into the role of intrinsic motivation as a driver for pension reform preferences. Theoretical reasoning suggests that this driver should be relevant as it decreases the subjective costs of a higher pension age. We test this key hypothesis on the basis of the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS). The results are unambiguous: in addition to factors such as age or education, the inclusion of intrinsic work motivation helps improving our prediction of an individual's reform orientation.
(Online publication October 11 2012)
c1 Corresponding author: Friedrich Heinemann Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) L7,1 68161 Mannheim, Germany. Tel: +49-621-1235 149.