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Microsimulation of pension reforms: behavioural versus nonbehavioural approach

Margherita Borella () and Flavia Coda Moscarola ()

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2010, vol. 9, issue 4, 583-607

Abstract: We analyse the impact of various pension regimes, as shaped by recent Italian reforms, on retirement age, adequacy issues, and redistribution. We add to the literature on microsimulation by accounting for individuals' reactions to financial incentives when deciding to retire. We find that shifting from a generous defined benefit (DB) system to an actuarially fair notional defined contribution (NDC) system induces individuals, particularly men, to postpone retirement. Voluntary postponement of retirement would grant employees a replacement rate comparable to that obtained in the pre-reform DB regime, while the self-employed experience a substantial reduction in their replacement rate.

Date: 2010
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