Unprivatizing the pension system: The case of Poland | Applied Economics

In many countries, the fiscal tension associated with the global financial crisis brings about the discussion about unprivatizing the social security system. This article employs an Overlapping Generations model to assess ex ante the effects of such changes to the pension reform in Poland from 1999 as implemented in 2011 and in 2013. We simulate the behaviour of the economy without the implemented/proposed changes and compare it to a status quo defined by the reform from 1999. We find that the changes implemented in 2011 and in 2013 are detrimental to welfare. The effects on capital and output are small and depend on the selected fiscal closure. Implied effective replacement rates are lower. These findings are robust to time inconsistency. The shortsightedness of the governments imposes welfare costs.

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@article{hagemejer2015unprivatizing, author = {Jan Hagemejer and Krzysztof Makarski and Joanna Tyrowicz}, title = {Unprivatizing the pension system: the case of Poland}, journal = {Applied Economics}, volume = {47}, number = {8}, pages = {833-852}, year = {2015}, }