Pension and retirement policies have changed
dramatically in recent years, as governments have tried to balance
the goals of adequate retirement incomes and the long-term financial
sustainability of pension systems in the face of population ageing.
Pensions at a Glance 2009 provides a consistent framework for
comparing pension policies between countries along with reliable
Chapter 1 examines the implications of the
present financial and economic crisis on pension systems.
Which countries and which individuals are most affected? What can
governments do to help and which policies should they avoid?
Chapter 2 looks at incomes and poverty of
older people, looking at trends over the past two decades.
In many countries, the position of pensioners has improved relative
to the population as a whole, but there remain pockets of old-age
Chapter 3 updates the analysis of pension
reforms in the second edition of Pensions at a Glance. How
have pension systems changed in the period 2004‑08?
Chapter 4 considers coverage of voluntary
private pensions, extending the analysis to look at how
this varies with age and earnings. It also evaluates five different
policies to expand coverage.
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