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Welfare, inequality and financial consequences of a multi-pillar pension system. A reform in Peru

Working Paper 2010-152


The distributional impact of the structural pension reform in Latin American countries has been largely absent in the economic debate. However, this reform may widen inequality in old-age and reduce welfare. In this paper we study the consequences of implementing a multi-pillar system in one of these countries. We take advantage of available administrative records for Peruvian workers to estimate inequality in pensions, pension debt and welfare. Overall, our results show that the pension debt and inequality can be substantially reduced without welfare losses.

Authors: Javier Olivera .

Keywords: Pension reform, pension inequality, social security, Latin America, Peru.
JEL: H55, H63, I30, G23.