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Designing social security - A portfolio choice approach
European Economic Review (2004)
  • Egil Matsen
  • Øystein Thøgersen
Public social security systems may provide diversification of risks to individuals’ life-time income. Capturing that a pay-as-you-go system (paygo) may be considered as a “quasi-asset”, we study the optimal size of the paygo system as well as the optimal split between funded and unfunded pension saving by means of a theoretical portfolio choice framework. A low-yielding paygo system can benefit individuals if it contributes to hedge other risks to their lifetime resources. Numerical calculations indicate that optimal social security systems should be at least partly paygo financed in many economies. The optimal magnitude of the paygo system depends on the specified risk concept as well as the stochastic properties of stock market returns and implicit paygo-returns.
  • Social Security,
  • Risk sharing,
  • Portfolio choice
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Egil Matsen and Øystein Thøgersen. "Designing social security - A portfolio choice approach" European Economic Review Vol. 48 Iss. 4 (2004)
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