What is it that Makes the Swiss Annuitise? A Description of the Swiss Retirement System
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Australian School of Business - School of Risk and Actuarial Studies
November 22, 2010
Australian Actuarial Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 135-162
The Swiss model of retirement savings and benefits distinguishes itself in several aspects. The system is successful in encouraging substantial savings, which are exonerated from tax and guaranteed. The associated market risk is not transferred to the individuals. From an international perspective it is extraordinary that more than half of the Swiss who retire choose to annuitise their capital at retirement. In addition, not only does the retirement scheme offer annuity benefits at retirement, but it also offers annuity benefits on disability and death.
In this paper, the Swiss old age security system is described with an emphasis on retirement benefits, giving some insights as to what in Switzerland could explain why the so-called `annuity puzzle' is not observed. This question is of relevance for countries that wish to encourage annuitisation as a powerful tool to deal with the longevity risk of their elder population.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: annuity puzzle, pensions, Switzerland
JEL Classification: J26, H55, D91, E21Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 23, 2010 ; Last revised: February 12, 2011
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