Alternative Social Security Systems in CIS Countries

Author/Editor:

Ehtisham Ahmad ; Jean-Luc Schneider

Publication Date:

February 1, 1993

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Summary:

In the USSR in 1990, social security reforms led to the imposition of a uniform system of benefits in a large and demographically diverse country. This required inter-regional transfers, which are now no longer feasible with the demise of the USSR. Relatively high contribution rates also pose a problem for a nascent commercialized sector. The paper argues that benefit levels in some former Soviet Union countries are now unsustainable. The price shock associated with the “transition” to a market economy should lead to a consideration of a “mix” of policies, including a basic benefit in kind. While funded systems may eventually reduce contribution rates, there are implementation difficulties in the medium term.

Series:

Working Paper No. 93/8

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 1993

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451842470/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0081993

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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