Rethinking Pension Reform : Ten Myths about Social Security Systems

Börsch-Supan, Axel

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-10301
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: Discussion Papers / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik
Volume: 582
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre
MADOC publication series: Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik > Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Subject headings (SWD): Soziales System , Bevölkerungsentwicklung , Kapitalmarkt
Abstract: Before coming to substance, a brief introductory remark: Although the paper claims to be deliberately provocative, I found only one really provocative statement in it, on the bottom of the first page, namely that the paper is "nuanced". "Nuanced" is certainly a matter of perspective. The paper's narrow-minded view may be helpful for a perspective centering on the United Kingdom or the United States where the development has gone far in the direction of private defined contribution (DC) plans. However, this is not the world, and this a World Bank conference. In fact, there are many parts of the world - actually a majority of the countries - which have only one monolithic public defined benefit (DB) system, and this paper does little to do justice to the many attempts of starting small moves towards more balanced systems which combine elements of public defined benefit and private defined contribution (DC) plans. A nuanced view would take at least a bit of a glimpse on the problems of those countries. I say this with quite a bit of frustration as a European, specifically as a German, where in spite of all kinds of serious troubles ahead the reform towards a more balanced system has been stalled over and again.
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