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Type Working Paper - Comparative Economic Studies
Title Macro-Experimental economics in the Kyrgyz Republic: social security sustainability and pension reform
Volume 43
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2001
Page numbers 1-34
URL http://econ.ucdenver.edu/home/workingpapers/2001_07.pdf
Despite a decade of transition, pension systems in formerly socialist countries still desperately need viable reform.This paper assesses reform packages advocated by different international agencies, and considers their sensitivity tovarying economic and demographic assumptions. Failure to account for demographic-economic interactions strongly biases forecasts. Few viable reform options exist, due to the near absence of capital markets, the collapse offormal sector employment, and huge differences between urban and rural sectors. The divergent results fromprojections made under different assumptions imply that policymakers should examine the realism of policy suggestions (and associated actuarial forecasts) very carefull.

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