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The desirability of pay-as-you-go pensions when relative consumption matters and returns are stochastic

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  • Bilancini, Ennio
  • D’Antoni, Massimo

Under concerns for relative consumption a PAYG system becomes more attractive because it insures pensioners against the risk of being outperformed, but it becomes potentially less effective in hedging the risks associated with financial markets. The net effect is ambiguous.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 418-422

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:2:p:418-422
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.06.026
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