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Capital-skill Complementarity and the Redistributive Effects of Social Security Reform

  • Alessandra Casarico
  • Carlo Devillanova

This paper analyses the general equilibrium implications of reforming pay-as-you-go pension systems in an economy with heterogeneous agents, human capital investment and capital-skill complementarity. It shows that increasing funding delivers in the long run higher physical and human capital and therefore higher output, but also higher wage and income inequality. The latter affects preferences over the degree of redistribution of e remaining pay-as-you-go component: despite the greater role that edistribution could perform in the new steady state, we find a preference for lower redistribution for a larger group of the population.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1038.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1038
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