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  • Page extent: 392 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521666121 | ISBN-10: 0521666120)

The significant store of knowledge about publicly regulated pensions for old age has grown even more rapidly in the last decade. This book, first published in 1997, explores current research in four critical areas for pension policy: the political design of pension institutions; the iron links between fiscal deficits, private savings, and pension reform; how macroeconomic policy should be conducted after large private pension funds have emerged; and lessons on efficient organization of the pension industry, drawn from international comparisons including Australia, Chile, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. The collection combines original theoretical analysis with empirical evidence. Simulations, case studies, and econometric estimates provide policy makers with information about the options they face, while scholars can draw on this book for refining their own investigations or research.

• Collection surveys the economics of pensions in both developed and developing countries, a topic that will only grow in importance • Includes leading contributors from North and Latin America, UK/Europe, and Australia • Collection addresses both research and policy audiences, but this is not a 'how-to' book for pension fund managers


1. Introduction and overview Salvador Valdés-Prieto; Part I. The Politics of Mandatory Pensions: 2. Insulation of pensions from political risk Peter Diamond; 3. Democracy and pensions in Chile: experience with two systems Oscar Godoy and Salvador Valdés-Prieto; 4. Public pension governance and performance Olivia Mitchell and Ping-Lung Hsin; Part II. Fiscal Deficits and Private Saving in Pension Reform: 5. Pension reform and growth Gian Carlo Corsetti and Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel; 6. Pension reforms in the presence of credit constraints Rodrigo Cifuentes and Salvador Valdés-Prieto; 7. Financing a pension reform towards private funded pensions Salvador Valdés-Prieto; Part III. Macroeconomic Policy and Private Pensions: 8. Pension funds, capital controls, and macroeconomic stability Helmut Reisen and John Williamson; 9. Are there (good) macroeconomic reasons for limiting external investments by pension funds? The Chilean experience Juan Andrés Fontaine; Part IV. Regulation of Privately-Managed Pension Systems: 10. Pension choice and pensions policy in the United Kingdom David Blake; 11. Mandatory retirement saving: Australia and Malaysia compared Hazel Bateman and John Piggott; 12. Conclusion: public pension plans in international perspective: problems, reforms and research issues Estelle James.


'The ambitious goal of this edited collection is to synthesize many of the lessons learned from previous reforms as well as to summarize the expertise on those issues that is most critical to pension reform: political design of pension policy, fiscal deficits and private savings in pension reform, and the macroeconomic effects of pensions. An introductory chapter provides a nice overview of the key issues, and as a whole the quality of contributions is quite high. Thus, this book is an excellent resource of policy-makers and specialists … a good way of becoming acquainted with the area.' Economica


Salvador Valdés-Prieto, Peter Diamond, Oscar Godoy, Olivia Mitchell, Ping-Lung Hsin, Gian Carlo Corsetti, Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel, Rodrigo Cifuentes, Helmut Reisen, John Williamson, Juan Andrés Fontaine, David Blake, Hazel Bateman, John Piggott, Estelle James

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