What is it that Makes the Swiss Annuitise? A Description of the Swiss Retirement System
Australian Actuarial Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 135-162
13 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2010 Last revised: 12 Feb 2011
Date Written: November 22, 2010
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.
Keywords: annuity puzzle, pensions, Switzerland
JEL Classification: J26, H55, D91, E21
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