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Pensions at a Glance 2017

OECD and G20 Indicators

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The 2017 edition of Pensions at a Glance highlights the pension reforms undertaken by OECD countries over the last two years. Moreover, one special chapter focuses on flexible retirement options in OECD countries and discusses people’s preferences regarding flexible retirement, the actual use of these programs and the impact on benefit levels.

This edition also updates information on the key features of pension provision in OECD countries and provides projections of retirement income for today’s workers. It offers indicators covering the design of pension systems, pension entitlements, the demographic and economic context in which pension systems operate, incomes and poverty of older people, the finances of retirement-income systems and private pensions.

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Assets in private pension plans and public pension reserve funds

Substantial assets have been accumulated in most OECD countries to help meet future pension liabilities. The weighted average of OECD assets in private pension plans was equal to 83% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 (using GDP as weights). Eighteen OECD countries have also built up public pension reserves to help pay for state pensions. For these countries, public pension reserves were worth 19% of GDP on average in 2015.

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