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Social Security Pension Reform in China

  • Martin Feldstein

China has legislated a mixed social security pension system with a defined benefit pay-as-you-go portion and an investment-based defined contribution portion. This paper analyses the economics of these two types of systems in the Chinese context and calculates the advantage to China of using an investment-based portion. Several options for reform of the recently legislated system are considered.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6794.

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Date of creation: Nov 1998
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Publication status: published as Feldstein, Martin. "Social Security Pension Reform In China," China Economic Review, 1999, v10(2,Jun), 99-107.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6794
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