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Microeconomic Studies

The Evolution of Public Pension Schemes

Authors: Verbon, Harrie

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1. 1 An introduction to the problem This book deals with the development of public pension schemes. The operation of public pension schemes has drawn a great deal of attention recently due to ageing of the population which has become apparent since the 19 70s. This would probably have been less of a problem if these schemes had been financed by a Capital Reserve (abbreviated from now on as CR) system. As is well-known, in a pure CR-system individuals (or generations) save for their own retirement. The (average) rate of return on the premiums paid in this system equals the real rate of interest and, in principle, changes in the rate of population growth do not affect the premium rate or the benefit rate of the system. Most public pension schemes, however, are financed by a Pay-As-You-Go (abbreviated from now on as PAYG) system. In this system current pension payments are financed by current premium payments. In contrast to the CR-system intergenerational transfers occur in this system. If the number of retired people increases relative to the number of workers the premium rate will increase under PAYG. In itself this increase does not have to imply any concern for the premium paying population. What counts is whether the rate of return under a PAYG-system will fall (too far) below the rate of return the CR-system is offering.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Verbon, Harrie

    Pages 1-7

  • The History of Transfer Payments for the Old

    Verbon, Harrie

    Pages 8-36

  • The Case for Government Intervention

    Verbon, Harrie

    Pages 37-55

  • The Choice of Financing Method: Economic Motives

    Verbon, Harrie

    Pages 56-74

  • The Choice of Financing Method: Political Motives

    Verbon, Harrie

    Pages 75-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of Public Pension Schemes
Authors
Series Title
Microeconomic Studies
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-45653-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-45653-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-45655-8
Series ISSN
1431-6005
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 287
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