Life expectancies are rapidly increasing and uncertain in all countries in Europe. To keep pension systems affordable, policy reforms are to be implemented which will encourage individuals to work longer and that adjust pension systems such that if life expectancy increases without adjustments in the retirement age, the pension income level decreases. In this paper we analyze the impact of working and living longer on pension incomes in five European countries and assess the impact of these policy reforms on the financial well-being of the elderly in these countries. The paper shows the diversity of the policy measures taken in the various countries. Furthermore, we analyze the financial incentives to work longer and to postpone claiming pension benefit in the five countries and we address the question, how attractive these options are. Moreover we analyze how increases in life expectancy and survival probabilities affect pension incomes.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Number of pages||34|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Name||NETSPAR Discussion Paper|