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The Pension ChallengeRisk Transfers and Retirement Income Security$
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Olivia S. Mitchell and Kent Smetters

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266913.001.0001

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Understanding Individual Account Guarantees

Understanding Individual Account Guarantees

Chapter:
(p.159) Chapter 8 Understanding Individual Account Guarantees
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The Pension Challenge
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Olivia S. Mitchell (Contributor Webpage)

Kent Smetters (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266913.003.0008

This chapter examines pension guarantees in the context of an individual account (IA) component of a social security reform. The inclusion of IAs in social security reform can strengthen old-age economic security. These accounts reduce the political risk confronting aging Americans when they assess the chances of actually receiving promised benefits, and provide participants with the opportunity to save in a cost-effective manner and diversify their investments.

Keywords:   individual account, pension guarantees, pension accounts, social security reform, guarantee design

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