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The public–private pension mix in OECD countries


  • Queisser, Monika
  • Whitehouse, Edward
  • Whiteford, Peter


This article surveys the relationship between public and private pension provision in the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD. Population ageing has led many OECD countries to undertake a wide range of pension reforms. The overall effect of these reforms has in many cases been to reduce public pension promises, often signficantly. This, in turn, has increased the role of private pensions, which have expanded significantly in a number of countries. The article discusses the extent to which a number of countries will need to further increase private provision in order to guarantee adequate future retirement incomes.

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  • Queisser, Monika & Whitehouse, Edward & Whiteford, Peter, 2007. "The public–private pension mix in OECD countries," MPRA Paper 10344, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:10344

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    1. Richard Disney, 2004. "Are contributions to public pension programmes a tax on employment?," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 19(39), pages 267-311, July.
    2. Queisser, Monika & Whitehouse, Edward, 2005. "Pensions at a glance: public policies across OECD countries," MPRA Paper 10907, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Rivera-Rozo, J.A. (Jairo) & García-Huitrón, M.E. (Manuel) & Steenbeek, O.W. (Onno) & van der Lecq, S.G. (Fieke), 2018. "National culture and the configuration of public pensions," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(2), pages 457-479.
    2. Callan, Tim & Keane, Claire & Walsh, John R., 2009. "Pension Policy: New Evidence on Key Issues," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS14, January.
    3. Martina Eschelbach, 2011. "Labor supply after normal retirement age in Germany – A fourth pillar of retirement income?," Working Papers 106, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).

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    pension; retirement;

    JEL classification:

    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors


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