© 2001

Pensions: More Information, Less Ideology

Assessing the Long-Term Sustainability of European Pension Systems: Data Requirements, Analysis and Evaluations

  • Tito Boeri
  • Axel Börsch-Supan
  • Agar Brugiavini
  • Richard Disney
  • Arie Kapteyn
  • Franco Peracchi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Boeri, Börsch-Supan, Brugiavini, Disney, Kapteyn, Peracchi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Michael Anderson, Shripad Tuljapurkar, Nan Li
    Pages 9-27
  4. Tito Boeri, Agar Brugiavini, Carole Maignan
    Pages 29-53
  5. Cheti Nicoletti, Franco Peracchi
    Pages 153-187
  6. Tito Boeri, Axel Börsch-Supan, Agar Brugiavini, Richard Disney, Arie Kapteyn, Franco Peracchi
    Pages 189-194
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-196

About this book


Europeans are living longer, and fewer now remain in the labour force as they grow older. Many European countries have responded to the ensuing financial pressure by reforming their public pension systems and health care programmes. There is considerable uncertainty as to the effects of these reforms - as they typically do not alter the unfunded nature of public welfare arrangements and this uncertainty is itself costly. Not only does it undermine the credibility of public welfare programmes, but it may also distort labour supply behaviour, decisions regarding savings and capital accumulation. More generally there is uncertainty about the overall impact of ageing on welfare and society and the multiple domains in which its effects may develop.
Pensions: More Information, Less Ideology builds on the existing evidence - mostly in the field of public pensions - and highlights the advantages that would be obtained by:
  • harmonising methodologies used in the various countries to report pension outlays and forecast future pension liabilities or more generally public spending;
  • defining common standards as to the frequency of expenditure forecasts and the length of the forecast horizons for welfare expenditures;
  • developing European longitudinal survey of persons pre- and post retirement age, providing timely information on a wide array of decisions by individuals and household related to the ageing process and the ongoing trends.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tito Boeri
    • 1
  • Axel Börsch-Supan
    • 2
  • Agar Brugiavini
    • 3
  • Richard Disney
    • 4
  • Arie Kapteyn
    • 5
  • Franco Peracchi
    • 6
  1. 1.Fondazione Debenedetti and University of BocconiItaly
  2. 2.University of MannheimGermany
  3. 3.University of VeniceItaly
  4. 4.University of NottinghamUK
  5. 5.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands
  6. 6.University of Tor VergataItaly

About the editors

Tito Boeri holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University; he has been senior economist at the OECD from 1987 to 1996. Currently he is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan. Axel Börsch-Supan is Director of the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging. He received a Ph.D. from MIT and taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government before he moved back to Germany. Agar Brugiavini is Professor of Economics at the University of `Ca'Foscari' of Venice, Italy. She obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom and was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at Northwestern University, USA. Richard Disney is Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham, a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, and a Director of Axia Economics. He has acted as a consultant to OECD and the World Bank. Arie Kapteyn is a senior economist at RAND. Before that he was the director of CentER at Tilburg University and professor of economics. Franco Peracchi (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1987) is a Professor of Econometrics at Tor Vergata University in Rome.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pensions: More Information, Less Ideology
  • Book Subtitle Assessing the Long-Term Sustainability of European Pension Systems: Data Requirements, Analysis and Evaluations
  • Editors Tito Boeri
    Axel Börsch-Supan
    Agar Brugiavini
    Richard Disney
    Arie Kapteyn
    Franco Peracchi
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-7531-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-4916-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-3363-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 196
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Economics
    Labor Economics
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