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Welfare Effects of Social Security Reforms across Europe: the Case of France and Italy

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  • Raquel Fonseca

    () (CSEF, University of Salerno)

  • Theptida Sopraseuth

    () (EPEE, University of Evry and CEPREMAP)

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This paper uses a calibrated life cycle model to quantify the distributional effects of Social Security reforms. We focus only on two countries: Italy and France becaue they adopted two different strategies to cope with aging. While France marginally modified its defined pension plan. Italy switched from a defined pension plan to a contributive system. We find both reforms redistributes welfare unevenly: high skilled workers are the primary winners of the French reform and self employed individuals, especially unskilled workers, are the losers under the new Italian Social Security arrangement.

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  • Raquel Fonseca & Theptida Sopraseuth, 2005. "Welfare Effects of Social Security Reforms across Europe: the Case of France and Italy," Documents de recherche 05-08, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
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    1. Grech, Aaron George, 2012. "Evaluating the possible impact of pension reforms onfuture living standards in Europe," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 51296, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Grech, Aaron George, 2014. "Evaluating the possible impact of pension reforms on elderly poverty in Europe," MPRA Paper 57639, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Devis Geron, 2009. "Social Security Incidence under Uncertainty Assessing Italian Reforms," CESifo Working Paper Series 2812, CESifo Group Munich.
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    5. Díaz-Giménez, Javier & Díaz-Saavedra, Julián, 2006. "The Demographic and Educational Transitions and the Sustainability of the Spanish Public Pension System," MPRA Paper 69287, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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