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The accurate presentation of a country's pension system and the comparison of
pension systems across countries are crucial parts of policy analysis and
reform. This is equally valid for high-income countries of the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development as it is for low- and middle-income
countries. 'Pensions Panorama' provides a compendium of facts and analysis that
should inform policy making and public debate about retirement-income systems
around the world. Reforming pensions is a central policy issue for all
countries; it is challenging and controversial because it involves long-term
planning by governments that face numerous short-term pressures. In 'Pensions
Panorama', Edward Whitehouse combines painstaking, rigorous analysis with a
clear, easy-to-understand presentation of empirical results. While the author
does not advocate any particular kind of pension system or type of pension
reform, the analysis presented can inform debates on retirement-income systems.
A core concern is social sustainability, which involves the future adequacy of
pension benefits, the impact of pension reforms on income distribution among
older peoples, and the means to combat old-age poverty. 'Pensions Panorama' is
a useful resource for policy makers, government oficials, and others involved
in pension reform.