Comparing Retirement Income Systems Through an Index

9 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2010

Date Written: Spring 2010


There is a great variety of retirement income systems around the world, but which ones are producing good outcomes? Which ones are sustainable into the future? The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index considers more than forty indicators in calculating an index value for the systems in eleven countries spread over five continents. In this first-ever broad-based comparison, none of the eleven countries receive an ‘A’ grade. At the other end of the quality spectrum, none receive a failing ‘E’ either. However, the actual grade range from ‘B’ to ‘D’ reflects material differences in the quality of the eleven retirement income systems as measured by the Index.

Keywords: Adequacy, Pension Fund, Pension Reform, Pension Systems, Pillars, Saving, Sustainability

Suggested Citation

Knox, David, Comparing Retirement Income Systems Through an Index (Spring 2010). Rotman International Journal of Pension Management, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN: or

David Knox (Contact Author)

Mercer Australia ( email )

Level 16, 33 Exhibition Street
Melbourne Victoria, 3000

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