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Reforming PensionsPrinciples and Policy Choices$
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Nicholas Barr and Peter Diamond

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311303.001.0001

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Pensions and Labor Markets

Pensions and Labor Markets

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(p.53) 5 Pensions and Labor Markets
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Reforming Pensions
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Nicholas Barr (Contributor Webpage)

Peter Diamond (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311303.003.0005

This chapter starts with an overview of the impacts of pension systems on the labor market, in particular the important role of labor mobility, and the balance between mandatory and voluntary pensions. The next two sections examine the implications of these impacts for pension design. The chapter then discusses pension design in the accruals phase, that is, how a person builds up an entitlement to pension benefits during working life, and the chapter also considers how benefits are determined once a person starts to receive a pension. The chapter assumes a pension system in financial balance. Finally, the chapter discusses how to adjust a pension system over time in the face of any imbalance. The chapter also discusses some analytical errors.

Keywords:   indexation, labor market, labor supply, pension benefit, pension system, pensions, retirement

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