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A Comment on the Place of Funded Pensions in Transition Economies

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Arguments are presented in the case of Eastern European transitioncountries for combining the restructuring of insolvent pay-as-you-goretirement systems with the introduction of mandatory, private,funded pensions. They involve the reduction of dead-weight loss,the return to formal activity of gray markets, and the developmentof capital markets. With the proper financing, such policiescan also increase national savings. Lack of public knowledgeabout financial instruments for saving argues for making participationin the private funds mandatory. A combination of a reformed pay-as-you-gosystem with private, mandatory funds balances concern for politicalrisk and real wage variability with concern for the variabilityof real financial returns. Animportant caveat is in order. Implementing such a policy requiresa capacity for effective enforcement of prudencial regulationsand a commitment to macroeconomic stability. If these are notpresent, reform should be limited to restoring balance to thepay-as-you-go system. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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  • Georges de Menil, 2000. "A Comment on the Place of Funded Pensions in Transition Economies," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 7(4), pages 431-444, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:7:y:2000:i:4:p:431-444 DOI: 10.1023/A:1008768918855
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    1. Georges de Menil & Eytan Sheshinski, 2002. "Romania's Pension System: From Crisis to Reform," NBER Chapters,in: Social Security Pension Reform in Europe, pages 401-438 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Svend E. Hougaard Jensen & Jukka Lassila, 2002. "Reforming Social Security in a Transition Economy: The Case of Lithuania," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(1), pages 17-36.
    2. Viorel Craciuneanu & Daniel Stefan, 2015. "Budget Level of Social Security Pension in Romania Compared to Social Aid Established by the Legislator," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 7(1), pages 116-121, March.
    3. Georges de Menil & Eytan Sheshinski, 2002. "Romania's Pension System: From Crisis to Reform," NBER Chapters,in: Social Security Pension Reform in Europe, pages 401-438 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    pensions; reform; private pension funds; transition; capital markets;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems

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