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The Future of Multi-Pillar Pensions

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Ed Westerhout, Asghar Zaidi, Richard Hinz, Nicholas Barr, Lans Bovenberg, Casper van Ewijk, Henning Bohn, Leon Bettendorf, Thijs Knaap, Roel Beetsma, Alessandro Bucciol, Zvi Bodie, Henriëtte Prast, Jeffrey Brown, Theo Nijman
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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107022263

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  • Pension systems are under serious pressure worldwide. This pressure stems not only from the well-known trend of population ageing, but also from those of increasing heterogeneity of the population and increasing labour mobility. The current economic crisis has aggravated these problems, thereby exposing the vulnerability of many pension schemes to macroeconomic shocks. This book reconsiders the multi-pillar pension scheme against the background of these pressures. It adopts an integral perspective and asks how the pension system as a whole contributes to the three basic functions of pension schemes: facilitating life-cycle financial planning, insuring idiosyncratic risks and sharing macroeconomic risks across generations. It focuses on the optimal balance between the various pension pillars and on the optimal design of each of the schemes. It sketches a number of economic trade-offs, showing that countries may opt for different pension schemes depending on how they react to these trade-offs.

    • Adopts an integrated approach, focusing on all pillars of pension schemes
    • International perspective allows comparison of pension schemes in different countries
    • Translates economic insights into messages for policymakers, showing how policies could be adjusted in order to improve the functioning of pension schemes
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    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107022263
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    1. Introduction Ed Westerhout
    2. Population ageing and financial and social sustainability challenges of pension systems in Europe: a cross-national perspective Asghar Zaidi
    3. The World Bank's pension policy framework and the Dutch pension system: a paradigm for the multi-pillar design? Richard Hinz
    4. Credit crisis and pensions: international scope Nicholas Barr
    5. Designing the pension system: conceptual framework Lans Bovenberg and Casper van Ewijk
    6. Private versus public risk sharing: should governments provide reinsurance? Henning Bohn
    7. The redistribution of macroeconomic risks by Dutch institutions Leon Bettendorf and Thijs Knaap
    8. The consequences of indexed debt for welfare and funding ratios in the Dutch pension system Roel Beetsma and Alessandro Bucciol
    9. Rational pensions for irrational people: behavioral science lessons for the Netherlands Zvi Bodie and Henriëtte Prast
    10. Opportunities for improving pension wealth decumulation in the Netherlands Jeffrey Brown and Theo Nijman
    11. The future of multi-pillar pension systems Lans Bovenberg and Casper van Ewijk
    Index.

  • Editors

    Lans Bovenberg, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Lans Bovenberg is Professor of Economics at Tilburg University. He founded the research network Netspar (Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement).

    Casper van Ewijk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Casper van Ewijk is Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam and Deputy Director of CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis.

    Ed Westerhout, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
    Ed Westerhout is project leader of the Netspar theme 'Multi-pillar Pension Schemes and Macroeconomic Performance' at CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis.

    Contributors

    Ed Westerhout, Asghar Zaidi, Richard Hinz, Nicholas Barr, Lans Bovenberg, Casper van Ewijk, Henning Bohn, Leon Bettendorf, Thijs Knaap, Roel Beetsma, Alessandro Bucciol, Zvi Bodie, Henriëtte Prast, Jeffrey Brown, Theo Nijman

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