Comparing the Pension Promises of 30 OECD Countries

29 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2006

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Monika Queisser

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Social Policy Division

Edward Whitehouse

Axia Economics

Abstract

This paper takes a microeconomic approach to compare prospective pension benefits in the 30 OECD countries. It shows entitlements gross and net of taxes and social security contributions for male and female single workers based on 2002 pension rules and parameters. The models cover all public and private mandatory sources of retirement income for full-career private-sector workers across a broad earnings range. The paper shows that average earners in OECD countries can expect a post-tax pension of about 70 per cent of their earnings after tax. The average minimum retirement benefit is just under 29 per cent of national average earnings.

Suggested Citation

Queisser, Monika and Whitehouse, Edward, Comparing the Pension Promises of 30 OECD Countries. International Social Security Review, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 49-77, July-September 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=909851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2006.00247.x

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