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Governance of public pension funds : lessons from corporate governance and international evidence

  • Hess, David
  • Impavido, Gregorio

An understanding of corporate governance theory can promote the adoption of appropriate governance tools to limit agency problems in public pension fund management. The absence of a market for corporate control hinders the translation of lessons from the private sector corporate world to public pension governance. The establishment of a fit, and proper governing body for public pension funds, thus may be even more important than the maintenance of a comparable body for private sector corporations. In particular, behavioral controls should be carefully designed.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3110.

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Date of creation: 31 Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3110
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