Insurance and pensions

Pensions at a Glance: Retirement-Income Systems in OECD and G20 Countries


Note: the next edition of Pensions at a Glance 2015 came out on 1st December 2015


‌‌‌Pensions at a Glance 2013

Publication date:

26 November 2013

Pages: 368

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This 2013 and fifth edition of Pensions at a Glance provides a range of indicators for comparing pension policies and their outcomes between OECD countries. The indicators are also, where possible, provided for the other major economies that are members of the G20. Two special chapters (Chapters 1 and 2) provide deeper analysis of recent pension reforms and their impact and of the role of housing, financial wealth and public service for retirement income adequacy.

Chapter 1. Recent pensions reforms and their distributional impact

Chapter 2. Housing, financial wealth and public services for adequate living standards in old-age

Chapter 3. Design of pension systems

Chapter 4. Pension entitlements

Chapter 5. Income and poverty of older people

Chapter 6. Finances of retirement-income systems

Chapter 7. Demographic and economic context

Chapter 8. Private pensions and public pension reserves

Chapter 9. Pensions at a Glance 2013: Country profiles

This report received financial assistance from the European Union 


Country-specific highlights: (other countries to be added)

  Australia   Hungary ‌  Poland
  Austria Iceland flag - 35x20  Iceland  Portugal                           
  Belgium                                                       Ireland_small  Ireland  Slovak Republic_small Slovak Republic                                             
Canada_small  Canada  Israel  Slovenia_small Slovenia

 Italy    (Italian & English) 

Czech Republic_small   Czech Republic                                                               

  Japan  (Japanese & English)                                               

 Sweden_small Sweden
Denmark_small   Denmark

Korea, Republic_small  Korea   (Korean & English)                                                                                                     

 Switzerland_small Switzerland                                                             
  Estonia    Luxembourg  Turkey_small Turkey
   Finland  Mexico_small  Mexico   United Kingdom
France_small  France  Netherlands  United States_small United States
 ‌Germany    New Zealand  
  Greece    Norway  






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Other major economies

Argentina - Brazil - China - India

Indonesia - Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia - South Africa





Pensions at a Glance Regional Reports

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Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2013 

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Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2011 

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Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2009 



For further information on the report, journalists are invited to contact Spencer Wilson in the OECD’s Media Division (tel: + 33 (0)145248118) or

The Social Policy Division's Pension Team: Anna D'Addio (+33 (0)145248709), Andrew Reilly (+33 (0)145248204), Kristoffer Lundberg (+33 (0)145241488)


Further Reading

Previous editions of Pensions at a Glance:

Pensions at a Glance 2011: The theme of this fourth edition of Pensions at a Glance is pensions, retirement and life expectancy.  

Pensions at a Glance 2009: This third edition provides a consistent framework for comparing pension policies between countries along with reliable data.

Pensions at a Glance 2007: This second edition updates in-depth information on the key features of mandatory pension systems—both public and private--in the 30 OECD countries, including projections of retirement income for today’s workers.

Pensions at a Glance 2005: The first comprehensive book of its kind, this comparison of key features of pension systems of OECD countries provides coverage of retirement ages, benefit accrual rates, ceilings, and indexation.

OECD Pensions Outlook: 2012 Edition 

This first edition of the OECD Pensions Outlook examines the changing pensions landscape. It looks at pension reform during the crisis and beyond, the design of automatic adjustment mechanisms, reversals of systemic pension reforms in Central and Eastern Europe, coverage of private pension systems and guarantees indefined contribution pension systems. It closes with a policy roadmap for defined contribution pensions and a statistical annex.

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Pensions Panorama: Retirement-Income Systems in 53 Countries

Reforming pensions in a fiscally and socially sustainable way is a central issue in developing and developed countries alike. This report, produced in collaboration by the OECD and the World Bank, addresses some of the key questions underlying the debate and provides the basis for a new, consistent, approach to the empirical analysis of pension systems and entitlements around the world.

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