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Policy Risk in Action: Pension Reforms and Social Security Wealth in Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Type: Articles in journals with impact factor
Year: 2008
Number: 7
ISSN / ISBN: 0015-1920
Published in: Finance a uver
Publishing place: Praha
Keywords: Political risk, Pension reforms, Social security
JEL codes: H55, G32, P35
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Grants: GAUK 318 - Measuring Political Risk of Social Security System among Visegrad Countries IES Research Framework Institutional task (2005-2011) Integration of the Czech economy into European union and its development
Abstract: Abstract: We provide evidence on the policy risk of social security in Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia by computing the changes in social security wealth induced by the pension reforms undertaken since the 1990s. Analyzing the impact of reforms on workers of different genders, ages, and education levels allows us to document the aggregate, intergenerational, and intragenerational aspects of the policy risk. Pension reforms reduce social security wealth by amounts that sometimes exceed several years’ worth of earnings and have large redistributive effects across and within generations. Our findings imply that uncertainties about the redistributive impacts, timing, and political dynamics of reforms contribute significantly to the policy risk in addition to the inevitable demographic and economic risks.

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