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An Investigation of the Pay-As-You-Go Financing Method Using a Contingency Fund and Optimal Control Techniques

Haberman, S. and Zimbidis, A. (2002). An Investigation of the Pay-As-You-Go Financing Method Using a Contingency Fund and Optimal Control Techniques. North American Actuarial Journal, 6(2), pp. 60-75. doi: 10.1080/10920277.2002.10596044

Abstract

In many countries, aging populations are expected to lead to substantial rises in the cost of public pension systems financed by the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) method. These systems will need to be adapted to cope with these changes. This paper considers one approach to reform, described in the literature as “parametric” (see, e.g., Disney 2000), and develops a model for adapting the PAYGO method using a contingency fund and optimal control techniques. The solution of the original model is investigated within two different frameworks: a deterministic-continuous one and a stochastic-discrete one. Finally, a case study applied to Greece is discussed, leading to a potentially acceptable proposal of a smooth path for contribution rates and the age of eligibility for the normal retirement pension.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Cass Business School > Actuarial Science & Insurance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12999
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