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Forced Saving
Mandating Private Retirement Incomes

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  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484718

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  • Population ageing, combined with electoral pressure for smaller government, is inevitably leading to increased action to reform retirement provision policy to place much greater reliance on self-provision for the elderly. This development is bringing into ever sharper focus the need for research directed at exploring the links between private retirement provision and public sector policies and institutions. This book offers an analysis of pension policy from an economic perspective. It begins with an overview of the problem of population ageing around the world, and then provides a framework within which policy responses may be consistently assessed. Forced Saving focuses on the 'mandating' approach to retirement income policy, in which governments are compelling individuals – or their employers – to take on this responsibility, at least in part. The role of government becomes limited to one of mandating contributions from wages, along with regulating private fund managers to a greater or lesser extent. This idea is proving popular among a broad range of countries, and is strongly advocated by a number of international organisations. The authors explore the implications of introducing such a policy reform. The lessons are general, and international experience across a wide range of countries is emphasised. They argue that while there is no universal agreement on the relative costs and benefits of this policy approach, there are often some advantages to moving at least some distance down the mandating path.

    • • Only comprehensive international assessment of private, compulsory pension policies• Includes data from OECD and developing countries• Equally useful for scholars and professionals in the finance sector
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    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484718
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 48 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Work and saving over the life cycle
    3. Saving for retirement
    4. Financial risks over the life cycle
    5. Retirement income streams
    6. Taxation of retirement saving
    7. Administrative costs and charges
    8. Conclusion
    Appendix A1. Mandatory retirement saving in Australia
    Annex A1. Chronology of retirement income policy in Australia
    Appendix 2. International comparisons of private mandatory retirement saving.

  • Authors

    Hazel Bateman, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    Geoffrey Kingston, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    John Piggott, University of New South Wales, Sydney

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