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Measuring the Redistributive Effect of Pensions

Alvaro Forteza ()
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Alvaro Forteza: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República

No 1317, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: In this document, I present a conceptual framework for the analysis of the redistributive effect of pensions. The paper makes specific recommendations on the controversial issue of whether pensions should be treated as transfers or deferred income. I show that most pension programs have both dimensions in different degrees and present a proposal to deal with them in a unified framework. The proposal has specific recommendations in terms of accounting and counterfactuals. Using some simple examples, I show that usual accounting and “nonbehavioral” assumptions —particularly regarding non-labor income— may be very misleading.

Keywords: Pensions; redistribution; fiscal incidence analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 H55 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age and nep-lam
Date: 2017-12
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