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What Are the Gains from Pension Reform?

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  • Lindbeck, Assar

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Persson, Mats

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies)

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This paper presents a unified analytical framework for the analysis of social security reform. It discusses reform along two dimensions: Pay-As-You-Go versus fully funded on the one hand, and actuarial versus non-actuarial on the other. Making the system more actuarial entails a trade-off between less distorted work incentives and intra-generational redistribution. Increasing the degree of funding entails a trade-off between more distorted work incentives, and redistribution in favor of future generations. If a PAYGO system already has strong actuarial elements, the additional welfare gain from making it fully funded derives from the possibility of portfolio diversification.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 535.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jul 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0535

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Keywords: Pension reform; social security; funded pensions; work incentives; saving;

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  1. Assar Lindbeck, 2002. "Pensions and Contemporary Socioeconomic Change," NBER Chapters, in: Social Security Pension Reform in Europe, pages 19-48 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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