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Pension Reform and the Fiscal Policy Stance

  • Philip R. Gerson
  • G. A. Mackenzie
  • Peter S. Heller
  • Alfredo Cuevas

The increased budget deficit caused by the privatization of a public pension plan does not imply a relaxation of the stance of fiscal policy. The reform's impact on the fiscal stance and national saving depends primarily on its effect on the sum of explicit and implicit public debt and on the post-reform payroll tax and private system contribution rates. However, the precise impact of reform also depends on such influences as the relationship between the rates of interest on implicit and explicit public debt. There may be circumstances in which pension privatization, if not offset by fiscal consolidation, will loosen the fiscal stance.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 01/214.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2001
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/214
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  1. Murphy, Kevin M & Welch, Finis, 1998. "Perspectives on the Social Security Crisis and Proposed Solutions," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(2), pages 142-50, May.
  2. Peter S. Heller, 1998. "Rethinking Public Pension Reform Initiatives," IMF Working Papers 98/61, International Monetary Fund.
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