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Labour Market Effects of Defined Contribution Plans: An International Survey


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  • John A. Turner

    (Public Policy Institute, AARP)

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    Because of the apparent simplicity of defined contribution plans, they have until recently received relatively little analysis by economists. The presumption that defined contribution plans are non-distortionary is stronger for voluntary than mandatory plans because with voluntary plans workers have the choice to not work for employers that offer them. This article argues that mandatory defined contribution plans may be structured in ways that cause them to affect worker and employer behaviour by affecting aspects of labour supply and demand. For example, any mandatory program that attempts to increase workers' retirement savings may change their labour supply behaviour, both because individuals act to minimise the consequences of the program and because of the effects of the workers' greater retirement savings, if the program succeeds in that regard.

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    Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2000-2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 224-231

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    Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:4:y:2001:i:3:p:224-231

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    Keywords: Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Private Pensions (Fringe Benefits; Cost of Social Security; Costs of Hiring and Firing) Retirement; Retirement Policies Time Allocation and Labor Supply (Hours of Work; Part-Time Employment; Employment; Work Sharing; Absenteeism);

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