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Public Provision of Pensions: The Doug Purvis Memorial Lecture


  • Peter Diamond


Public provision of pensions to the general population comes in a variety of forms. Systems designed around a benefit formula and systems designed around a contribution rate differ in their economic implications and differ in their political settings. Canada has a defined benefit system with fallback automatic adjustment of tax rates. This paper contrasts the Canadian system with the Chilean (privatized) defined contribution system which has received a great deal of attention worldwide. The paper discusses three approaches to cutting benefits if the currently anticipated tax increase is larger than is desired.

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  • Peter Diamond, 1996. "Public Provision of Pensions: The Doug Purvis Memorial Lecture," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 22(1), pages 1-6, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:22:y:1996:i:1:p:1-6

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    1. Hazel Bateman & John Piggott & Salvador Valdés, "undated". "Australia y Chile: Previsión con Normas Diferentes. Comparación de Regulaciones y de Comisiones de Administración," Documentos de Trabajo 176, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
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    1. Frank T. Denton & Byron G. Spencer, 1998. "Economic Costs of Population Aging," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 339, McMaster University.
    2. Frank T. Denton & Byron G. Spencer, 1999. "Population Aging and Its Economic Costs: A Survey of the Issues and Evidence," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 340, McMaster University.
    3. Frank T. Denton & Byron G. Spencer, 1999. "Population Aging and Its Costs: A Survey of the Issues and Evidence," Department of Economics Working Papers 1999-03, McMaster University.

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