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First-Round Impacts of the 2008 Chilean Pension System Reform

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  • Jere R. Behrman

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Maria Cecilia Calderon

    (Population Council)

  • Olivia S. Mitchell

    (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Javiera Vasquez

    (Universidad de Chile)

  • David Bravo

    (Universidad de Chile)

Abstract

Chile’s innovative privatized pension system has been lauded as possible model for Social Security system overhauls in other countries, yet it has also been critiqued for not including a strong safety net for the uncovered sector. In response, the Bachelet government in 2008 implemented reforms to rectify this shortcoming. Here we offer the first systematic effort to directly evaluate the reform’s impacts, focusing on the new Basic Solidarity Pension for poor households with at least one person age 65+. Using the Social Protection Survey, we show that targeted poor households received about 2.4 percent more household annual income, with little evidence of crowding-out of private transfers. We also suggest that recipient household welfare probably increased due to slightly higher expenditures on basic consumption including healthcare, more leisure hours, and improved self-reported health. While measured short-run effects are small, follow-ups will be essential to gauge longer-run outcomes.

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Paper provided by University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center in its series Working Papers with number wp245.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp245

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  1. Barr, Nicholas & Diamond, Peter, 2008. "Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195311303, September.
  2. Samia Amin & Jishnu Das & Markus Goldstein, 2008. "Are You Being Served? New Tools for Measuring Services Delivery," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6921, August.
  3. Elizabeth M. King & Jere R. Behrman, 2009. "Timing and Duration of Exposure in Evaluations of Social Programs," World Bank Research Observer, World Bank Group, vol. 24(1), pages 55-82, February.
  4. Jere R. Behrman & Olivia S. Mitchell & Cindy Soo & David Bravo, 2010. "Financial Literacy, Schooling, and Wealth Accumulation," NBER Working Papers 16452, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Francisco Pino & Solange Berstein & Guillermo Larraín, 2006. "Chilean Pension Reform: Coverage Facts and Policy Alternatives," JOURNAL OF LACEA ECONOMIA, LACEA - LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION.
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  1. First-Round Impacts of the 2008 Chilean Pension System Reform
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2012-01-06 22:28:43
  2. First-Round Impacts of the 2008 Chilean Pension System Reform
    by Maximo Rossi in Wikiprogress América Latina on 2012-01-05 21:24:00
  3. First-Round Impacts of the 2008 Chilean Pension System Reform
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2012-01-06 22:28:43

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