From Generosity to Sustainability : The Austrian Pension System and Options for its Reform

Author/Editor:

Christian Thimann ; Manfred Koch

Publication Date:

January 1, 1997

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Austria has probably the world’s highest pension expenditures relative to its economic size, largely because of the generosity of its pension system. This paper examines the institutional setup of the Austrian pension system and projects its future development based on current policies. The projection results show a swift financial worsening. With the already high level of contribution rates, pension expenditures, and budget transfers, the results underscore the need for reform. Much of this reform can, however, be achieved by maintaining the structure of the system and adjusting some of its key parameters. The paper outlines options for such a reform.

Series:

Working Paper No. 97/10

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 1997

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451842654/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0101997

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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