Optimal redistributive pensions and the cost of self-control
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We examine how the introduction of self-control preferences influences the tradeoff between two fundamental components of a public pension system: the contribution rate and its degree of redistribution. The pension regime affects individuals’ welfare by altering how yielding to temptation (i.e., not saving, or saving less) is attractive. We show that proportional taxation increases the cost of self-control, and that this adverse effect is more acute when public pensions become more redistributive.
KeywordsTaxation Redistribution Pensions Self-control
JEL ClassificationH55 H21 D03
We thank Charles Bellemarre, Robin Boadway, Helmuch Cremer, Sean Horan, Sumon Majumdar, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Marie-Louise Vierø, Tim Worall, Pierre-Yves Yanni, seminar participants at Université Laval and two anonymous referees for their suggestions and comments.
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