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Mandated Annuities in Switzerland

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  • Monika BÜTLER

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Switzerland is one of the few countries with a relatively mature funded pension scheme. This paper offers a short description of the Swiss system, highlighting two specific areas for which previous experience is particularly valuable. Taking the Swiss example, firstly, it illustrates the importance of prudential regulation and adequate transparency standards. Secondly, the paper explores the impact of different pay-out options in a mandatory second pillar.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 03.08.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2003
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Publication status: Published in Developing an Annuity Market in Europe, Fornero E. and Luciano E. (eds), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, January 2004
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:03.08

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Keywords: occupational pensions; regulation of pension schemes; pay-out options;

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  1. Carlos Vidal-Melia & Ana Lejárraga-García, 2004. "The Bequest Motive And Single People’S Demand For Life Annuities," Public Economics 0405005, EconWPA.

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