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Reforming the Pay-As-You-Go Pension System: Who Votes for it? When?

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  • Georges Casamatta
  • João Luis Brasil Gondim

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We assess the political support for parametric reforms of the pay-as-you-go pension system following a drop in the fertility rate. Using a continuous-time overlapping-generations model, we argue that reforms that consist in cutting pension benefits or increasing the retirement age are likely to receive strong political support. An increase in the contribution rate has, on the contrary, fewer chances to be approved by the majority of the voters. This framework also allows us to identify the costs and benefits of postponing each type of reform and to determine how the timing of the different reforms affects their political support.

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  • Georges Casamatta & João Luis Brasil Gondim, 2011. "Reforming the Pay-As-You-Go Pension System: Who Votes for it? When?," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 67(3), pages 225-260, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(201109)67:3_225:rtppsw_2.0.tx_2-3
    DOI: 10.1628/001522108X600588
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    Keywords

    pay-as-you-go; parametric reforms; fertility shock;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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