Pension Reform and Demographic Crisis: Why a Funded System is Needed and Why it is Not Needed

31 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2001

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Hans-Werner Sinn

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Date Written: September 1999

Abstract

Based on explicit present value calculations, the paper criticizes the view that the PAYGO system wastes economic resources. In present value terms, there is nothing to be gained from a transition to a funded system even though the latter offers a permanently higher rate of return. The sum of the implicit and explicit tax burdens that result from the need to respect the existing pension claims is the same under all systems and transition strategies. Nevertheless a partial transition to a funded system may be a way to overcome the current demographic crisis because it replaces missing human capital with real capital.

JEL Classification: H5

Suggested Citation

Sinn, Hans-Werner, Pension Reform and Demographic Crisis: Why a Funded System is Needed and Why it is Not Needed (September 1999). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 195. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=272625

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