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OECD Pensions at a Glance 2005

Public Policies across OECD Countries

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The first comprehensive book of its kind, this comparison of key features of pension systems of OECD countries provides coverage of retirement ages, benefit accrual rates, ceilings, and indexation.  Future pension entitlements are shown for full-career workers at different earnings levels. Indicators measure redistribution in pension systems, the cost of countries' pension promises, and potential resource transfer. Thirty country chapters explain pension systems and replacement rates in detail.

"Pensions at a Glance is a significant undertaking and a major contribution to the body of comparative international pensions literature. The publication will serve as an important resource to those in the pensions policy community."

--Ladan Manteghi, AARP Global Aging Program

“This book is a valuable reference for policymakers, academics, and business people concerned about retirement systems in the developed world.”

--Olivia S. Mitchell, Executive Director, Pension Research Council,

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"The massive OECD report, Pensions at a Glance, deserves much more than a glance.  It is compendium of facts and analyses that should inform policy-making and public debate around the world for years to come.  By providing in clear and easy-to-understand form a wealth of information about pension systems throughout the OECD, it will make it much harder for even the most insular to ignore the valuable lessons to be learned from the pension experience of other nations."

--Henry J. Aaron

The Brookings Institution

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Annex I.3. Progressivity of Pension Benefit Formulae

The charts in Figure 5.1 of Chapter 5 show how the pattern of pension entitlements varies with earnings for different countries. This illustrates the very different philosophies of different pension systems, particularly in their relative emphasis on the insurance and redistributive roles of pension systems. The allocation of countries to six groups (Figures 5.1A to 5.1F) depends on the strength of the link between pre-retirement earnings and post-retirement pension entitlements. It is based on a single summary indicator, the calculation methodology and results of which are presented here...

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