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From Generosity to Sustainability: The Austrian Pension System and Options for its Reform

  • Christian Thimann
  • Manfred Koch

Austria has probably the world’s highest pension expenditures relative to its economic size, largely because of the generosity of its pension system. This paper examines the institutional setup of the Austrian pension system and projects its future development based on current policies. The projection results show a swift financial worsening. With the already high level of contribution rates, pension expenditures, and budget transfers, the results underscore the need for reform. Much of this reform can, however, be achieved by maintaining the structure of the system and adjusting some of its key parameters. The paper outlines options for such a reform.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 97/10.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1997
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:97/10
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  1. Sheetal K. Chand & Albert Jaeger, 1996. "Aging Populations and Public Pension Schemes," IMF Occasional Papers 147, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Paul van den Noord & Richard Herd, 1993. "Pension Liabilities in the Seven Major Economies," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 142, OECD Publishing.
  3. Holzmann, Robert, 1993. "Economic Aspects of Pension Reform in OECD Countries," Public Finance = Finances publiques, , vol. 48(Supplemen), pages 293-308.
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