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Reforming Pensions

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  • N. A. Barr
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    This paper discusses the strategic building blocks of pension reform. The early sections set out the simple economics of pensions and discuss a series of myths which have proved remarkably persistent. Subsequent sections draw together the conclusions for policy design from earlier theoretical discussion, set out the prerequisites which any pension reform must respect, and discuss the range of choices facing policymakers. The main conclusions are threefold: the key variable is effective government; from an economic perspective the difference between PAYG and funding is second order; and the range of potential choice over pension design is wide.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 00/139.

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    Length: 56
    Date of creation: 01 Aug 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:00/139

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    1. Marek Loužek, 2007. "Pension Reform in the Czech Republic - A Contribution into the Debate," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2007(1), pages 55-69.
    2. Robert Fenge & Martin Werding, 2003. "Ageing and Fiscal Imbalances Across Generations: Concepts of Measurement," CESifo Working Paper Series 842, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Milonas, Nikolaos /T & Papachristou, George & Roupas, Theodor /A, 2010. "Pension Funds under Investments Constraints: An Assessment of the Opportunity Cost to the Greek Social Security System," MPRA Paper 36702, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Lindbeck, Assar & Persson, Mats, 2002. "The Gains from Pension Reform," Working Paper Series, Research Institute of Industrial Economics 580, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    5. Michal Slavík, 2006. "The Czech Pension System and the Perspectives of Its Reform," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2006(3), pages 214-230.
    6. Maleva, T. & Sinyavskaya, O., 2010. "Pension Age Increase: Pro et Contra," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, New Economic Association, issue 8, pages 117-137.
    7. Whelan, Shane, 2007. "Valuing Ireland's Pension System," Quarterly Economic Commentary: Special Articles, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), vol. 2007(2-Summer), pages 55-80.
    8. Heikki Oksanen, 2001. "A Case for Partial Funding of Pensions with an Application to the EU Candidate Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 466, CESifo Group Munich.
    9. Nikita Cespedes, 2005. "Un Enfoque de Teoría de Juegos del Sistema Privado de Pensiones Peruano," Industrial Organization, EconWPA 0505002, EconWPA.

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