Pension reforms and saving for retirement: comparing the United Kingdom and Italy

Adami, Roberta and Gough, Orla (2008) Pension reforms and saving for retirement: comparing the United Kingdom and Italy. Policy Studies, 29 (2). pp. 119-135. ISSN 0144-2872

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Increasing longevity and falling fertility rates have prompted European policymakers to shift the responsibility for retirement funding to individuals. Governments, independently of their political ideologies, are committed to sustainable pension systems by encouraging private saving for retirement. This article uses a quantitative approach to investigate individual saving behaviour in Italy and in the UK and present evidence of the factors determining saving for retirement in the two countries. We question whether differences in pension policies and attitudes are accentuated or lessened by common demographic and social factors and examine the possibility of cross-national saving policies. Our analysis suggests that cohorts identified by homogeneous demographic features present converging perceptions across both countries, by acknowledging the need to save for retirement and the insecurity of future state pensions. However, our findings also show that English respondents make use of private saving for their retirement significantly more than their Italian counterparts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Retirement funding, pension reforms, saving behaviour, quantitative analysis
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2009 13:51
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2009 13:51

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