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Public Pension Systems and the Fiscal Crisis in the Euro Zone. Lessons for Latin America


  • Javier Alonso
  • Rafael Domenech
  • David Tuesta


The debt crisis in the Economic and Monetary Union has revealed the need in many member countries to engage in an unprecedented fiscal consolidation process, not only in the short term, but also in the long term. Therefore, the urgent need to accelerate in many cases the reforms of their pension systems with a view to ensuring the sustainability of their public finance over time has been revived. This paper analyzes the circumstances that led to the reforms of the pension systems in Europe and the measures adopted, with a view to extracting some lessons that may be of use for Latin American countries. With this objective, reforms undertaken in Latin America are also described, specifically in Colombia and Peru, which are two cases where the capitalization and distribution systems continue to compete simultaneously. This paper also quantifies and compares the actuarial balance of these countries, which is related to their financial sustainability in the long term.

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  • Javier Alonso & Rafael Domenech & David Tuesta, 2011. "Public Pension Systems and the Fiscal Crisis in the Euro Zone. Lessons for Latin America," Working Papers 1124, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:1124

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    1. Javier Alonso & David Tuesta & Jasmina Bjeletic & Carlos Herrera & Soledad Hormazabal & Ivonne Ordonez & Carolina Romero, 2009. "Un balance de la inversion de los fondos de pensiones en infraestructura: la experiencia en Latinoamerica," Working Papers 0920, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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    1. Hasan, Zubair, 2012. "Money evolution and control in the context of current financial crisis with Islamic inputs," MPRA Paper 73532, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2013.

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    pensions; fiscal deficit; actuarial debt; Europe; Latin America;

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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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