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OECD Pensions at a Glance 2005: Public Policies across OECD Countries (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9264018719)

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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

Preface: Why Pensions at a Glance?


Executive Summary

Part I. Monitoring Pension Policies

Chapter 1. Pension System Typology

‐1. First‐Tier Redistributive Pensions

‐2. Second‐tier, Mandatory Insurance Pensions

Chapter 2. Comparing Pension System Parameters

‐1. First‐Tier Redistributive Schemes

‐2. Second‐Tier, Earnings‐Related Schemes

‐3. Earnings Measures and Valorisation in Earnings Related Schemes

‐4. Defined‐Contribution Schemes

‐5. Ceilings on Pensionable Earnings

‐6. Pension Eligibility Ages

‐7. Indexation of Pensions in Payment

‐8. Taxes and Social Security Contributions

Chapter 3. Modelling Pension Entitlements

‐1. Future Entitlements under Today's Parametes and Rules

‐2. Coverage

‐3. Economic Variables

‐4. Average Earnings Data

‐5. Taxes and Social Security Contributions

‐6. Indicators and Results

Chapter 4. Replacement Rates

‐1. Gross Replacement Rates

‐2. Net Replacement Rates

Chapter 5. Relative Pension Levels

Chapter 6. Pension Wealth

Chapter 7. Key Indicators

‐1. Weighted Averages and the Earnings Distribution

‐2. Weighted Average Pension Levels and Pension Wealth

‐3. Structure of the Potential Resource Transfer to Pensioners

Annex 1.1 Differences between Defined‐Benefit, Points, and Notional‐Accounts Systems

Annex 1.2. Sensitivity Analysis

Annex 1.3. Progressivity of Pension Benefit Forulae


Part II. Country Studies

Introduction ‐ Mandatory Pension Schemes 





‐Czech Republic















‐New Zealand




‐Slovak Republic





‐United Kingdom

‐United States

Voluntary, Occupational Pensions



‐United Kingdom

‐United States

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2005-05-01

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