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What Can We Learn from Generational Accounts for the United Kingdom?

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  • Banks, James
  • Disney, Richard
  • Smith, Zoe

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This paper considers the relevance of a set of generational accounts in informing policy debate in the UK. With regard to transparency, Generational Accounts can, under sensible assumptions, provide a useful summary statistic to supplement our analysis of government policy. Interpreting differences in the accounts across groups as measures of the incidence or redistributiveness of existing or proposed policies is more problematic. With respect to UK pension reform, within-cohort differences raise important issues. Finally we argue that past pension reforms have been characterised by inaccurate forecasts as opposed to a lack of understanding of the generational incidence of proposed policy.

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  • Banks, James & Disney, Richard & Smith, Zoe, 2000. "What Can We Learn from Generational Accounts for the United Kingdom?," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(467), pages 575-597, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:110:y:2000:i:467:p:f575-97
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    1. Ásta Herdís Hall & Sólveig Frída Jóhannsdóttir, 2002. "Generational Equality in Iceland," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 28, pages 27-42.
    2. Richard Disney, 2001. "Europe: Is There an Aging Crisis or is it a Public Pension Problem?," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 2(4), pages 25-30, February.

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