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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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Voluntary, Occupational Pensions: United Kingdom

Defined-benefit occupational pension schemes provide a pension usually related to years of membership of the scheme and some measure of final salary when covered by the plan. Most public-sector schemes pay 1/80th of earnings per year of membership, plus 3/80ths as a lump sum. So the benefit after a full, 40-year career would be half of final salary as an annuity plus 1½ times final salary as a lump sum. Private-sector schemes are more diverse. Around 60% pay 1/60th of final salary. But taking a lump sum (known as commutation) reduces the annuity value. Around a fifth of plans are more generous than this, while around 7% pay less than 1/60ths or 1/80ths plus a lump sum...

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