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Welfare effects of alternative pension reforms: Assessing the transition costs for French socio-occupational groups

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  • HENIN, P. Y.
  • WEITZENBLUM, Th.

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In this paper, we assess the welfare costs and gains of different scenarios of pension reforms in France, using a life-cycle model including various sources of heterogeneity and distinguishing between socio-occupational groups. The pension reforms considered combine features regarding the generosity of the pension system as well as features regarding the financing schemes: PAYG, the build-up of a temporary fund and that of a permanent one. We focus on both macro and distributional issues. It appears that (i) a considerable increase in savings is to be expected, even in the case where pensions remain generous, (ii) a considerable crowding-out effect would occur in the case of the constitution of a fund trust, (iii) reducing the generosity of pension seems relatively more beneficial to low-income low-life expectancy agents, while (iv) postponing the legal retirement age benefits relatively more high-income high-life expectancy agents.

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  • HENIN, P. Y. & WEITZENBLUM, Th., 2005. "Welfare effects of alternative pension reforms: Assessing the transition costs for French socio-occupational groups," Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Cambridge University Press, vol. 4(3), pages 249-271, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jpenef:v:4:y:2005:i:03:p:249-271_00
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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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