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  • Tim Besley

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and London School of Economics and Bank of England)

  • Andrea Prat

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One of the main problems in pension policy is to develop an institutional framework that guarantees that public and private pensions promises are kept. This paper discusses how the governance of public and private pensions is key to making such promises credible. It argues that credibility concerns undermine the case for earnings-related pensions run by the state and private defined benefit plans.

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Article provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its journal Fiscal Studies.

Volume (Year): 26 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 119-135

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:26:y:2005:i:1:p:119-135

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  1. Rabin, Matthew, 2002. "A Perspective on Psychology and Economics," Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt2wr3z049, Department of Economics, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
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Cited by:
  1. Mario Jametti, 2007. "Underfunding of Defined Benefit Pension Plans and Benefit Guarantee Insurance - An Overview of Theory and Empirics," Working Papers 2007_1, York University, Department of Economics.
  2. Luciano G. Greco, 2006. "The optimal design of funded pensions," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 24519, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  3. Mariangela Bonasia & Oreste Napolitano, 2007. "Do Fundamentals and Credibility Matter in a Funded Pension System ?A Markov Switching Analysis for Australia and Iceland," Brussels Economic Review, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 50(2), pages 221-248.
  4. Jiří Večerník, 2006. "Changing Social Status of Pensioners and the Prospects of Pension Reform in the Czech Republic," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2006(3), pages 195-213.

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