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Portability of Pension, Health, and Other Social Benefits: Facts, Concepts, and Issues


Robert Holzmann


University of Malaya; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); World Bank

Johannes Koettl


World Bank - Human Development Sector; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

November 27, 2012

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4002

Abstract:     
Portability of social benefits across professions and countries is an increasing concern for individuals and policy makers. Lacking or incomplete transfers of acquired social rights are feared to negatively impact individual labor market decisions as well as capacity to address social risks with consequences for economic and social outcomes. The paper gives a fresh and provocative look on the international perspective of the topic that has so far been dominated by social policy lawyers working within the framework of bilateral agreements; the input by economists has been very limited. It offers an analytical framework for portability analysis that suggests separating the risk pooling, (implicit or actual) pre-funding, and redistributive elements in the benefit design, and explores the proposed alternative approach for pensions and health care benefits. This promising approach may serve both as a substitute and complement to bi- and multilateral agreements.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: acquired rights, labor mobility, migration, individual accounts, bi-lateral agreements

JEL Classification: D690

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Date posted: November 27, 2012  

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Holzmann, Robert and Koettl, Johannes, Portability of Pension, Health, and Other Social Benefits: Facts, Concepts, and Issues (November 27, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2181333

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Robert Holzmann (Contact Author)
University of Malaya ( email )
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
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Munich, DE-81679
Germany
World Bank ( email )
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Johannes Koettl
World Bank - Human Development Sector ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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