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Assessing Redistribution in the Uruguayan Social Security System

  • Alvaro Forteza


    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Irene Mussio


    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

We assess redistribution in the Uruguayan main pension and unemployment insurance programs on a lifetime basis. Using administrative records from social security, we simulate lifetime declared labor income and flows of contributions and benefits of affiliates to the programs. Expected present values of income and net flows are also computed. Equipped with these estimations we construct standard measures of distribution and redistribution of lifetime labor income through the social security system. Our findings suggest that these programs reduce income inequality. In particular, social Security reduces the Gini coefficient of expected lifetime formal labor income by almost 2 percentage points.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - dECON in its series Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) with number 1211.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:1211
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