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Compulsory Superannuation and Australian Generational Accounts


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  • Bateman, Hazel

    (University of New South Wales)

  • Ablett. John

    (University of Western Sydney)


This paper investigates the potential effects of compulsory superannuation (saving for retirement) and related policies on the relative fiscal burdens to be borne by different generations of Australians. The methodology used is based on generational accounting, which allows the estimation of the present values of average remaining lifetime net payments to government by different generations under various scenarios. Conservatively estimated superannuation induced reductions on age pension payouts are found not to change significantly the fiscal burdens of generations alive on 1995-96; however, the effects of such reductions on the generational balance of fiscal policy on the future could be more important. The existence of unfunded superannuation entitlements of government employees is also shown to represent a potentially burden on future generations.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 30 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 33-48

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:30:y:2000:i:1:p:33-48

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  1. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Vincent Hildebrand, 2009. "Portfolio Allocation in the Face of a Means-Tested Public Pension," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 260, McMaster University.
  2. Bateman, Hazel, 2002. "Retirement Income Strategy in Australia," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 32(1), pages 49-70, March.
  3. Beal, Diana J., 2001. "Financial Support for Adult Children in Australia," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 31(1), pages 13-24, March.
  4. Guest, Ross & McDonald, Ian, 2002. "Superannuation, Population Ageing and Living Standards in Australia," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 32(1), pages 19-33, March.


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