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Coordination of Pension Systems When Technologies are Different

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This article presents a simple condition for optimal coordination of social security policies in the union of two open economies employing different production functions and within which capital and labour are fully mobile. We find that if both countries run fully funded pension schemes, the allocation of mobile production factors may not be optimal when the countries have different technologies. To remove this distortion, at least one country must run a pay-as-you-go pension scheme. Policy coordination which takes technological differences into account allows for the removal of static inefficiencies, maximizing the welfare of the agents in the steady state. (JEL codes: F22, F42, H55)

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  • Igor Fedotenkov, 2014. "Coordination of Pension Systems When Technologies are Different," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 60(1), pages 246-256.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cesifo:v:60:y:2014:i:1:p:246-256.
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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