Pensions and Labor Markets: Challenges for the Americas
The Maryland Center for Economics and Policy partnered with the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to organize the sixth LACEA conference. This the conference topic was “Pensions and Labor Markets: Challenges for the Americas.” The conference was on March 3 and 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Background. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of studies that propose reforms to public and private pension systems. The literature on this topic has been dominated by studies examining the pension systems of high income countries. The pension systems of developing countries have received much less attention. As a result, there is a great deal we do not know about their coverage, benefit adequacy, re-distributional impacts, efficiency and sustainability, and institutional issues that may affect system performance. Research ws presented on these topics, including papers that address the share of the elderly receiving pensions and their benefit levels, pension system coverage and projected benefits among current workers, within-system inequalities, the labor market incentives created by pension systems, the anticipated effects of population aging, the role of information and skills on projected benefits, the sustainability of existing pension systems, and emerging social pension schemes, among others. The conference agenda as well as links to the papers and presentations follow.
Day I: Thursday, March 3rd
|Keynote Speaker |
Invited Papers I
Invited Papers II
Round Table: Technical challenges for more equitable and sustainable pensions
Day II: Friday, March 4th
Prof. Ronald Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Round Table: The Political Economy of Pensions in Latin America
Co-directors, The Labor Network