IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/hub/wpecon/200819.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Redistributive impact of reforming the old-age pension system in Belgium

Author

Listed:
  • Maes, Marjan

    () (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

Abstract

The effects of three reforms of the Belgian old-age pension system were examined on retirement behaviour, government budget and income distribution of the retired. The first reform adjusts benefits with 5% for each year of retirement deviating from age 65 in the window 60-70. The second reform adjusts benefits with a lump sum amount of money for each year of retirement deviating from 65. In order to draw comparisons, the lumpsum amount is chosen such that, under the hypothesis of no labour supply adjustments, it has the same budgetary impact as the first reform. The third reform results of the recent implementation of the “pension bonus” in the Belgian old-age pension system. The belgian government wants people to work longer but does not penalize early retirement for reasons of political economy. Pension benefits are increased by 300 euro on a yearly basis for each year of retirement after age 60 in the window 60-65. The bonus applies, as the other two reforms, only to the bismarckian part of pension benefits, not to the means-tested assistance. The first and second reform increase retirement age with 0.9-1.8years and enhance financial sustainability of the system, contrary to the third reform that increases retirement age with 0.3-0.4 years. The first reform is not only the one that increases the size of the cake most but is also the one that divides the cake in most equal slices. Finally, it was shown that the impact of reforming the old-age pension system may be limited for individuals that have the prospect of receiving occupational pension wealth.

Suggested Citation

  • Maes, Marjan, 2008. "Redistributive impact of reforming the old-age pension system in Belgium," Working Papers 2008/19, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200819
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://lirias.hubrussel.be/handle/123456789/2224
    Download Restriction: no

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Carmen Camacho & Fabio Mariani & Luca Pensieroso, 2017. "Illegal immigration and the shadow economy," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 24(6), pages 1050-1080, December.
    2. Muriel Dejemeppe & Catherine Smith & Bruno der Linden, 2015. "Did the Intergenerational Solidarity Pact increase the employment rate of older workers in Belgium? A macro-econometric evaluation," IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-23, December.

    More about this item

    JEL classification:

    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200819. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Sabine Janssens). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/emhubbe.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.