Pensions at a Glance 2007

Public Policies across OECD Countries

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Government-mandated pension and retirement policies have changed dramatically during the past decade. Pensions at a Glance presents a consistent framework for comparing public-pension policies across OECD countries, as well as reliable data. The reportthusprovides the basis for not only evaluating existing pension systems, but also designing and implementing future reforms. This second edition updates in-depth information on the key features of mandatory pension systems—both public and private--in the 30 OECD countries, including projections of retirement income for today’s workers. Two new and important sections have been added to this edition:  (1) Description and analysis of pension reform in OECD countries during the past decade; and (2) a closer look at the complex range of private, voluntary retirement plans now playing a greater role in pension-provision in many OECD countries. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each statistical table and graph linking to Excel ® spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

About the first edition of Pensions at a Glance:

"Pensions at a Glance deserves much more than a glance.  It is a 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

Named one of 12 international "notable government documents" by the American Library Association.

English Also available in: German, French, Korean

Pension Reforms and Private Pensions

This part presents two special chapters on pension reforms and private pensions. Both chapters use the OECD pension models to explore more deeply the central issues of pension policy in national debates. The framework of Pensions at a Glance is forward-looking, focusing on future pension entitlements of today’s workers. However, the past decade has seen intense reform activity in the world of pensions and retirement in many OECD countries. The first special chapter looks at what countries did and how this is likely to affect future benefits. A number of these reforms have increased the role of the private sector in pension provision. The second special chapter identifies the complex range of private retirement arrangements and quantifies the savings effort necessary to maintain standards of living in retirement.

English Also available in: French

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