Economies of Scale and Pension Fund Plans: Evidence from South Africa
AbstractThe focus of this paper is on the presence of economies of scale in administering pension funds. We make use of a unique dataset with extensive information on South African retirement funds from 1996 to 2006. For almost fifty years now, South Africa has operated under a system with small social security beneÂ…ts but with considerable options and freedom to long-term savers. The dataset contains aggregate information for various fund types, fund classes, as well as different benefit structures. Estimates of a translog cost function provide evidence of unused economies of scale in the industry. We also find that established funds have a substantial cost-advantage over young funds.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 214.
Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Economies of scale; DeÂ…ned contribution; Pay as you go; Learning-by-doing; Annuitization;
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- L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
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