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Beyond the Toledo agreement: the intergenerational impact of the Spanish Pension Reform

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  • Holger Bonin

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    (University of Freiburg, Institute of Public Finance, 79098 Freiburg, Germany Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia, Av. Diagonal 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Joan Gil

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    (University of Freiburg, Institute of Public Finance, 79098 Freiburg, Germany Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia, Av. Diagonal 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Concepció Patxot

    ()
    (University of Freiburg, Institute of Public Finance, 79098 Freiburg, Germany Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia, Av. Diagonal 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain)

Abstract

The paper examines the intergenerational impact of the Spanish public pension system after the 1997 Pension Reform Act. Within a Generational Accounting framework, we find that the new legal setting could leave future generations with liabilities as high as 176% of 1996 GDP. Hence, we analyse the impact of alternative reforms. Holding the pay-as-you-go setting, a further improvement to tax-benefit linkage in line with the Toledo Agreement proposals is shown to yield an intergenerationally more balanced outcome, than an increase in the retirement age or an expansion of public subsidies financed through indirect taxes. Finally, a move toward a partially funded pension system which restores the intergenerational balance is simulated.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Spanish Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 3 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 111-130

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Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:3:y:2001:i:2:p:111-130

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Keywords: Spanish pension reform; intergenerational redistribution; generational accounting;

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  1. Bonin, Holger & Patxot, Concepció & Souto, Guadalupe, 2013. "Cyclically neutral generational accounting," ZEW Discussion Papers 13-099, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Henryk Gurgul & Pawel Majdosz, 2006. "The impact of institutional investors on risk and stock return autocorrelation in the context of the polish pension reform," Operations Research and Decisions, Wroclaw University of Technology, Institute of Organization and Management, vol. 2, pages 5-30.
  3. Concepció Patxot & Elisenda Rentería & Miguel Romero & Guadalupe Souto, 2012. "Measuring the balance of government intervention on forward and backward family transfers using NTA estimates: the modified Lee arrows," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 442-461, June.
  4. Gemma Abío & Eduard Berenguer & Holger Bonin & Joan Gil & Concepció Patxot, 2003. "Is the deficit under control? A generational accounting perspective on fiscal policy and labour market trends in Spain," Investigaciones Economicas, Fundación SEPI, vol. 27(2), pages 309-341, May.
  5. Carlos Vidal-Meliá & Inmaculada Domínguez-Fabian, 2005. "The Spanish Pension System: Issues Of Introducing Notional Defined Contribution Accounts," Public Economics 0504006, EconWPA.
  6. Simonovits, András & Gál, Róbert Iván & Tarcali, Géza, 2001. "Korosztályi elszámolás a magyar nyugdíjrendszerben
    [Generational accounting and the Hungarian pension reform]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(4), pages 291-306.
  7. Gemma Abio Roig & Joan Gil Trasfi & Concepcion Patxot Cardoner, 2005. "La Ley de Estabilidad Presupuestaria en el largo plazo: efecto del ciclo demografico," Working Papers in Economics 126, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.

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