Some Guiding Principles for the Development of Self-Adjusting Mechanisms for Sustainable Retirement Systems.
In, 16th International Conference of Social Security Actuaries and Statisticians, Ottawa, CA,
16 - 17 Sep 2009.
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Most of the developed countries are experiencing fertility rates below population
replacement levels and increasing life expectancy. These demographic factors are
exerting a financial strain on the delivery of social security retirement benefits. In
response to these and other pressures, some countries have adopted mechanisms that
are designed to make the system self-adjust, so that it is sustainable. A sustainable
system is one that delivers on its financial commitments in such a way that the
financial burden is borne equitably by participants over the long term. Based on a
review of the analysis of the self-adjustment mechanisms of Canada, Germany, Japan
and Sweden, this paper derives five guiding principles for the development of selfadjustment
mechanisms for sustainable social security retirement systems. The list is
not presented as complete, but is a starting point for those designing or adopting
adjustment mechanisms and for researchers.
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