Pension funds in Chile: bringing the state back in

Anna Ząbkowicz

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/EiP.2019.008

Abstract


Motivation: The privatized and capitalized old-age insurance in Chile has recently witnessed reforms under President Bachelet which extended the social safety net as well as re-introduced publicly-administered programs on behalf of retirees.

Aim: The article reviews the performance of the system up to the most recent reform in aim to understand economic and political reasons for bringing the state back in, and presents results of pension engineering in a systematic way in attempt to estimate the scope of change.

Results: Bringing the state back into Chile’s pension system can be viewed as a plan to subsidize total retirement benefits in order to improve the distressing rates of replacement and, in such indirect way, to support the longevity of privately-managed pension funds.


Keywords


political economy of pension reforms; funded pensions; solidarity benefits

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