05 Jul 2007

Public Opinion on Pension Systems in Europe

Béla Janky / Robert I. Gal

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European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes (ENEPRI) Research Report No. 36 / 37 pages

Various polls reveal that Europeans, even if aware of the looming pension crisis, generally resist pension reforms. In this research report, we show that resistance may be general but it is not uniform. People may oppose reforms but they reject different components of the reform proposals depending on their labour market position, income and age. We analyse the attitudes of nearly 16,000 respondents from the EU-15 countries towards the role of funded pillars, retirement age, the labour market participation of older workers, gender equality and immigration, as well as preferences towards intra- and intergenerational redistribution in the pension systems.