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Pensions at a Glance 2011: Retirement-Income Systems in OECD and G20 Countries


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March 2011

Pages: 325



The theme of this fourth edition of Pensions at a Glance is pensions, retirement and life expectancy. Many countries have increased pension ages in the face of population ageing and longer lives. Some have introduced an automatic link between pensions and life expectancy. Improvements to the incentives to work rather than retire are also a common part of recent pension-reform packages. However, ensuring that there are enough jobs for older workers remains a challenge.

An in-depth look at these important policy issues is provided by five special chapters on: pension ages, retirement behaviour, pension incentives to retire, the demand for older workers and linking pensions to life expectancy.

More countries are analysed than in previous editions, including four new members of the OECD: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where possible, data are also provided for the other major economies in the G20: Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Along with data on the European Union’s 27 member states, this brings to 43 the number of economies covered in the report.



Press material


Watch OECD pensions expert
Edward Whitehouse talk about
pension reforms


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Country-specific highlights


     Italy (in Italian)

   ‌  Spain  (in Spanish)

    United Kingdom (presentation)

    Austria,  Germany,  Switzerland: Press release (in German)

Country profiles (including personal income tax and social security contributions)

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