Social policies and data

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.  Future pension entitlements are shown for full-career workers at different earnings levels.  Indicators measure redistribution in pension systems, the cost of countries' pension promises, and potential resource transfer.  Thirty country chapters explain pension systems and replacement rates in detail.


Named a "Notable Government Document" by the American Library Association.

"The massive OECD report, Pensions at a Glance, deserves much more than a glance.  It is a compendium of facts and analyses that should inform policy-making and public debate around the world for years to come.  By providing in clear and easy-to-understand form a wealth of information about pension systems throughout the OECD, it will make it much harder for even the most insular to ignore the valuable lessons to be learned from the pension experience of other nations."
-- Henry J. Aaron, The Brookings Institution

The complete edition of Pensions at a Glance is available from:

  • SourceOECD for subscribing institutions and many libraries
  • OECD Online Bookshop for non-subscribers -- Did you know you can browse the book online via our online bookshop?
  • Government officials with accounts () can go to the "Books" tab on OLIS.
  • Password-protected web site for accredited journalists

A summary of Pensions at a Glance is available in :

Summary in English French
Chinese 中文概要 Czech Přehled v českém jazyce
Danish - Sammendrag på dansk Dutch - Samenvatting in Nederlands
Finnish - Yhteenveto suomeksi German - Zusammenfassung in Deutsch
Greek - Περίληψη στα ελληνικά Hungarian - Összefoglalás magyarull
Icelandic - Útdráttur á íslensku  Italian - Riassunto in italiano
Japanese - 日本語要約  Korean - 국어 개요
Norwegian - Sammendrag på norsk Polish - Podsumowanie w języku polskim 
Portuguese - Sumário em Português Russian - Резюме на русском языке
Slovak - Zhrnutie v slovenčine Spanish - Resumen en español
Swedish - Sammanfattning på svenska Turkish - Türkçe Özet

Country studies update:

Subsequent to publication of Pensions at a Glance, some further updates have been made for Finland and Korea. (click on links on country names to download the revised tables and charts). 

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