International Perspectives On Supplementary Pensions

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This international comparison of pension plans lends great understanding to the transformation taking place in almost every nation around the world. It covers ten of the twelve countries of the European Union, as well as the United States and Japan. The project is interdisciplinary, covering a number of fields, such as economics, law, actuarial science, sociology, and political science, that contribute to the analysis of retirement income systems. The chapters vary in scope - some are comparative, some are ...

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Overview

This international comparison of pension plans lends great understanding to the transformation taking place in almost every nation around the world. It covers ten of the twelve countries of the European Union, as well as the United States and Japan. The project is interdisciplinary, covering a number of fields, such as economics, law, actuarial science, sociology, and political science, that contribute to the analysis of retirement income systems. The chapters vary in scope - some are comparative, some are restricted to a single country or to one type of plan in one country. Despite their diversity, the chapters share a common awareness of three aspects of pension plans: the importance of actors' roles in shaping each system, the different economic and social domains affected by retirement plans, and the interconnections between social security and supplementary plans.

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Complements the many studies of government social security programs by focusing on the retirement income systems established by employers and labor unions in Europe and the US. The 18 papers cover actors and decision making, reforms and system dynamics, the labor market, and financing the economy. Specific topics include pension funds as shareholders, labor mobility, risk bearing, and alternative models of retiring and growing old. Distributed in the US by Greenwood. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899309675
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1996
  • Pages: 270
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

EMMANUEL REYNAUD is a researcher in Paris, where he works on international comparisons of retirement systems.

LUCY apROBERTS is a researcher on the economics of social welfare at the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in Paris.

BRYN DAVIES is an actuary in the United Kindgom.

GERARD HUGHES is an economist at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Supplementary Pensions in the Federal Republic of Germany 7
2 Supplementary Pensions in the Netherlands 16
3 Supplementary Pensions in Greece 24
4 Supplementary Pensions in Spain: The Impact of the 1987 Law 33
5 The Origins of French Supplementary Pension Plans: The Creation of the General Association of Pension Institutions for Cadres (AGIRC) 41
6 Trade Union Involvement in Supplementary Pensions 49
7 Financing Models for Pay-as-You-Go Systems 71
8 Risk Bearing in Pension Plans 82
9 The Many Faces of American Union Pension Plans 97
10 Retirement System Reform: Is Italy Moving Toward an Increasingly Minimal Welfare State? 114
11 The Development of Supplementary Pensions in Denmark 127
12 Retirement and Growing Old: Which Model of Protection? 137
13 Pension Plans and Theories of the U.S. Labor Market 154
14 Pension Plans and Labor Market Structure: Evidence from Ireland 168
15 Labor Mobility and Supplementary Pensions 185
16 The Behavior of British and U.S. Pension Fund Financial Managers 195
17 Pension Funds as Shareholders 207
18 Pension Funds in the United Kingdom: Centralization and Control 221
Selected References 233
Index 235
About the Contributors 243
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