Social Security and Intragenerational Redistribution of Lifetime Income in Japan
AbstractThis paper investigates how social security redistributes lifetime income within the same generation in Japan, based on data from the Survey on the Redistribution of Income. The progressivity of Japan's public pension program appears to be much more limited on a lifetime basis than on an annual basis. Given an aging population, replacing the current pay-as-you-go system with a simple one that consists of a flat benefit and a wage-proportional premium, and has no maximum contribution, can be desirable in terms of both efficiency and intragenerational equity. The redistributive effects of income tax and consumption tax to finance the benefit are also examined.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Discussion Paper with number 172.
Length: 36,  p.
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
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- Hans-Werner Sinn, 2000. "Why a Funded Pension System is Useful and Why It is Not Useful," NBER Working Papers 7592, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Lixin He & Hiroshi Sato, 2011. "Income Redistribution in Urban China by Social Security System: An Empirical Analysis Based on Annual and Lifetime Income," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd11-193, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
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