Projecting Pension Expenditure in Spain: On Uncertainty, Communication and Transparency
Government of the Kingdom of Spain - Economic Bureau of the Prime Minister
Inter-American Development Bank
April 3, 2008
In this paper we suggest a set of indicators about the future performance of the Spanish public pension system and a suitable method of representing their uncertainty, in order to improve the communication to the public opinion about its main future challenges. Spain seems a particularly interesting case in Europe to illustrate our proposals, since the social security system has been in surplus for nine consecutive years, in sharp contrast to the projections made just a decade ago, but, at the same time, most projections foresee for Spain one of the highest increases in public expenditure among EU countries due to aging. We argue that simple, transparent, credible, public and periodic indicators, which take explicitly into account the uncertainty about future demographic, economic and institutional developments, may contribute to improve the debate on the policies needed to strengthen the pension system.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: pensions, projections, communication, uncertainty
JEL Classification: E17, H55working papers series
Date posted: February 2, 2012
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