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On the Measurement of Intra-Generational Lifetime Redistribution in Pension Systems


  • Antonio Abatemarco

    () (Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin)


It is known that existing measures of intra-generational (within cohorts) redistribution induced by pension schemes may prove highly misleading in the presence of inter-generational (between cohorts) redistribution. In this paper we show that the Kakwani progressivity index, extended to account for both positive and negative individual tax liabilities, is a non-distorted measure of intra-generational redistribution in pension systems. The relevance of the distortion induced by inter-generational transfers is empirically shown in the comparison between pre- and post-reform Italian pension schemes from 1992 to 2004.

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  • Antonio Abatemarco, 2006. "On the Measurement of Intra-Generational Lifetime Redistribution in Pension Systems," CeRP Working Papers 55, Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin (Italy).
  • Handle: RePEc:crp:wpaper:55

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    Redistribution; progressivity; pension;

    JEL classification:

    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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