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Administrative charges for funded pensions: An international comparison and assessment

  • Whitehouse, Edward

Pension fund charges reduce the rate of return on pension accounts in some countries by up to by two percentage points. Do charges of this scale undermine the case for funded pension provision? How can governments hold back costs and charges? This paper looks at evidence from thirteen countries, with policies ranging from complete liberalization of charge levels of structures to government imposed charge ceilings. The author stresses the trade-offs in limiting charges, especially in reduced competition and choice.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 14172.

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Date of creation: Jun 2000
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