Privatizing Social Security: A Political-Economy Approach
The aging of the population shakes the public finance of pay- as-you-go social security systems. We develop a political-economy framework in which this demographic change leads to the downsizing of the social security system, and, as a consequence, to the emergence of supplemental individual retirement programs. Allowing for a one-shot budget deficit, earmarked to accommodate the cost of the social security reforms, is shown to facilitate the political-economy transition from a national to a private pension system.
Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): S1 (December)
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