Gender Equality and Pension Systems: Critical Issues and Prospects for Italy

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Econpubblica Centre for Research on the Public Sector, Working Paper No. 139

27 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2009 Last revised: 6 Nov 2009

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Alessandra Casarico

Bocconi University - Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Paola Profeta

Bocconi University - Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: February 1, 2009

Abstract

This work deals with the analysis and evaluation of the presence of gender disparities in European pension systems, with a special focus on Italy. We document the existence of gender gaps in the pension systems and we discuss their causes. We focus first on how the pension system design may indirectly generate differences in the amount of pensions. We then look at some specific characteristics of the pension systems which are directly tied to gender. We thus turn to the labour market and describe the gender disparities arising there which are then perpetuated by the pension system. The role of women in providing care is also crucial in determining the observed outcomes during retirement. We finally look at population ageing and its effects on gender inequalities in the pension system and we conclude with some policy suggestions.

Note: Downloadable document is in Italian.

Keywords: gender economics, pension systems

JEL Classification: J16, H55

Suggested Citation

Casarico, Alessandra and Profeta, Paola, Gender Equality and Pension Systems: Critical Issues and Prospects for Italy (February 1, 2009). Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Econpubblica Centre for Research on the Public Sector, Working Paper No. 139. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1499649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1499649

Alessandra Casarico (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, 20136
Italy

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Paola Profeta

Bocconi University - Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, 20136
Italy

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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