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Reimagining PensionsThe Next 40 Years$
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Olivia S. Mitchell and Richard C. Shea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755449.001.0001

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Insights from Switzerland’s Pension System

Insights from Switzerland’s Pension System

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(p.247) Chapter 13 Insights from Switzerland’s Pension System
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Reimagining Pensions
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Monika Butler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755449.003.0013

This chapter takes Switzerland’s much praised three-pillar system to illustrate some of the challenges reforms to pension systems face in an aging society. It shows that policymakers are confronted by some individuals with behavioral anomalies and by others who strategically exploit the system. The trade-off between providing incentives and adequate retirement income limits policy options, especially if reformers do not want to impose too many restrictions on individual choice and wish to avoid excessive burdens on the young generation. Pension reforms can also be seriously challenged by political constraints, in particular, when voters have a direct say on proposed changes.

Keywords:   Switzerland, defined benefit, defined ambition, political risk, three-pillar pension system

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