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Automatic Balance Mechanisms in Pay-As-You-Go Pension Systems

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  • Carlos Vidal-Meli�

    (Department of Financial Economics and Actuarial Science, University of Valencia, Avenida de los Naranjos s.n., Valencia 46022, Spain)

  • Mar�a del Carmen Boado-Penas

    (Department of Financial Economics and Actuarial Science, University of Valencia, Avenida de los Naranjos s.n., Valencia 46022, Spain)

  • Ole Settergren

    (Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Socialdepartementet, Stockholm SE-103 33, Sweden)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is twofold: to show the usefulness of automatic balance mechanisms (ABMs) and to explore the issue of introducing an ABM into the Spanish state contributory retirement pension system. With this in mind, we define the concept of the ABM and carry out an analysis of that existing in Sweden, Canada, Germany, Japan and Finland. We also present an indicator of the Spanish system's solvency which emerges from the actuarial balance sheet, and simulates the effect that certain changes in the parameters of the present system would have on solvency, showing the direction that could be taken if the mechanism were to be introduced in Spain. A comparison between the official balance sheet for the Swedish notional account system and our balance sheet for the Spanish contributory pension system is also provided. The Geneva Papers (2009) 34, 287–317. doi:10.1057/gpp.2009.2

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Issues and Practice.

Volume (Year): 34 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 287-317

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  1. Simonovits, András & Gál, Róbert Iván, 2012. "A magyar nyugdíjrendszer éves hozamrátái
    [Annual rates of return in the Hungarian pension system]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(9), pages 963-987.
  2. Hagen, Johannes, 2013. "A History of the Swedish Pension System," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2013:7, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  3. Manuela Bosch-Princep (Universitat de Barcelona) & Daniel Vilalta (Independent Pension Consultant), 2012. "Quantitative reduction in retirement benefits by the 2011 Spanish Social Security reform," Working Papers in Economics 281, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.

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