Pensions at a Glance 2011
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Pensions at a Glance 2011

Retirement-income Systems in OECD and G20 Countries

The theme of this fourth edition of Pensions at a Glance is pensions, retirement and life expectancy. Many countries have increased pension ages in the face of population ageing and longer lives. Some have introduced an automatic link between pensions and life expectancy. Improvements to the incentives to work rather than retire are also a common part of recent pension-reform packages. However, ensuring that there are enough jobs for older workers remains a challenge. 

An in-depth look at these important policy issues is provided by five special chapters on: pension ages, retirement behaviour, pension incentives to retire, the demand for older workers and linking pensions to life expectancy. This edition updates information on the key features of pension provision in OECD countries and provides projections of retirement income for today’s workers. It offers an expanded range of 34 indicators, covering the design of national retirement-income provision, pension entitlements, incomes of older people, the finances of pension systems, the demographic and economic context in which pension systems operate and private pensions. 

More countries are analysed than in previous editions, including four new members of the OECD: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where possible, data are also provided for the other major economies in the G20: Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Along with data on the European Union’s 27 member states, this brings to 43 the number of economies covered in the report. 

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 "An extraordinarily useful and careful compilation of pension information for a wide-range of countries, presented in a common format and following a thoughtful structure. The authors have brought cross-national pension comparisons to a new level, and they are to be commended for their intensive efforts. [This] represents some of the smartest comparative work out there, by people intimately familiar with the nuances – and complexities – of comparative pension work." 

- Olivia Mitchell, Director of the Boettner Centre for Pensions and
Retirement Research, 
 Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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Publication Date :
17 Mar 2011
DOI :
10.1787/pension_glance-2011-en
 
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Investment Performance of Pension Funds and Public Pension Reserve Funds You or your institution have access to this content

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182–183
DOI :
10.1787/pension_glance-2011-42-en

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During 2009, pension funds experienced a positive real investment rate of return of 6.5% on average. Despite this recovery, by 31 December 2009 their asset values were still on average 9% below their December 2007 levels. In 2009, public pension reserve funds regained the ground lost during the 2008 crisis. By the end of 2009, the total amount of PPRF assets was on average 7.3% higher than at the end of 2008, and 13.9% higher than in December 2007.
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