"Pension systems are under serious pressure worldwide. This pressure stems not only from the well-known trend of population aging, but also from those of increasing heterogeneity of the population and increasing labour mobility. The current economic crisis has aggravated these problems, thereby exposing the vulnerability of many pension schemes to macroeconomic shocks. This book reconsiders the multi-pillar pension scheme against the background of these pressures. It adopts an integral perspective and asks how the pension system as a whole contributes to the three basic functions of pension schemes: facilitating life-cycle financial planning, insuring idiosyncratic risks and sharing macroeconomic risks across generations. It focuses on the optimal balance between the various pension pillars and on the optimal design of each of the schemes. It sketches a number of economic trade-offs, showing that countries may opt for different pension schemes depending on how they react to these trade-offs"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: List of figures; List of tables; List of boxes; List of contributors; 1. Introduction Ed Westerhout; 2. Population ageing and financial and social sustainability challenges of pension systems in Europe: a cross-national perspective Asghar Zaidi; 3. The World Bank's pension policy framework and the Dutch pension system: a paradigm for the multi-pillar design? Richard Hinz; 4. Credit crisis and pensions: international scope Nicholas Barr; 5. Designing the pension system: conceptual framework Lans Bovenberg and Casper van Ewijk; 6. Private versus public risk sharing: should governments provide reinsurance? Henning Bohn; 7. The redistribution of macroeconomic risks by Dutch institutions Leon Bettendorf and Thijs Knaap; 8. The consequences of indexed debt for welfare and funding ratios in the Dutch pension system Roel Beetsma and Alessandro Bucciol; 9. Rational pensions for irrational people: behavioral science lessons for the Netherlands Zvi Bodie and Henriëtte Prast; 10. Opportunities for improving pension wealth decumulation in the Netherlands Jeffrey Brown and Theo Nijman; 11. The future of multi-pillar pension systems Lans Bovenberg and Casper van Ewijk; Index.