Equality of Retirement Benefits Received by Men and Women in Selected European Countries: Childbearing and Future Benefits

by Irena E. Kotowska, Joanna Stachura, Pawel Strzelecki
June, 2008

This research report seeks to answer the question of whether old-age benefit rules for women could be altered with the aim not only of ensuring better benefits for older women but also of stimulating fertility. To address this question, a micro-simulation model has been developed. The input data for the model has been drawn from … Continued

Tax/Benefit Policies and Growth Potential of the EU

by Kari E.O. Alho
May, 2008

The EU has ambitious goals for economic performance. The goals are to be reached in combination with social cohesion and environmentally sustainable development. The main economic policy instruments to be used by the EU member states are taxes and benefits. The economic and political framework for implementing measures in these areas is currently delineated, and … Continued

A Comparative Typology of Pension Regimes

by Arjan Soede, Cok Vrooman
April, 2008

This report presents an empirical typology of pension regimes in the European Union, the US, Canada, Australia and Norway. The categorisation is based on 34 quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the mandatory parts of the pension systems in these countries. The empirical analysis shows that Esping-Andersen’s classical distinction between liberal, corporatist and social-democratic welfare regime … Continued

Women’s Pension Rights and Survivors’ Benefits: A Comparative Analysis of EU Member States and Candidate Countries

by Chiara Monticone, Anna Ruzik, Justyna Skiba
April, 2008

This report presents and compares old-age income provision rules with respect to the issue of equality between women and men in the current and future EU member states. The report focuses on 25 member states and, to the extent possible, on the recently acceded and candidate countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatia). The report considers … Continued

Retirement Decisions, Benefits and the Neutrality of Pension Systems

by Marek Góra
April, 2008

This study discusses the pension system as an institutional structure for intergenerational exchange. The concept of intergenerational equilibrium is introduced as a condition for pension system stability, reducing labour market distortions as well as reaching social policy goals such as giving equal value to the welfare of each generation. The changing population structure has led … Continued

The Option Value Model in the Retirement Literature: The Trade-off Between Computational Complexity and Predictive Validity

by Michele BELLONI
April, 2008

This study gives an overview of retirement modelling, starting from the single-period consumption/leisure model up to the recent life-cycle multiple-decisions and joint retirement models, paying particular attention to the role played by the option value model in the economic literature on retirement.