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How to Avoid a Pension Crisis: A Question of Intelligent System Design

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  • Alessandro Cigno

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Conventional pension systems suffer from a design defect which makes them financially unsustainable, and a source of inefficiency for the economy as a whole. The paper outlines a second-best policy which includes a public pension system made up of two parallel schemes, a Bismarckian one allowing individuals to qualify for a pension by working and paying contributions in the usual way, and an unconventional one allowing them to qualify for a pension by having children, and investing time and money in their upbringing.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2590.

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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2590

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Keywords: pension reform; implicit pension taxes and subsidies; child benefits; fertility; labour productivity;

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