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2. The First National Bank Received 3 000 Inquiries Following The Latest Advertisement Describing Its 30-month Ira

The First National Bank received 3,000 inquiries following the latest advertisement describing its 30-month IRA accounts in the Boston World, a local newspaper. The most recent ad in a similar advertising campaign in Massachusetts Business, a regional business magazine, generated 1,000 inquiries. Each newspaper ad costs 500, whereas each magazine ad costs 125.

LP Pension Funding Model

Several companies have learned that a well-funded and comprehensive employee benefits package constitutes an important part of the compensation plan needed to attract and retain key personnel. An employee stock ownership plan, profit-sharing arrangements, and deferred compensation to fund employee retirement are all used to allow productive employees to share in the firm's growth and development. Among the fringe benefits offered under the cafeteria-style benefits plans is comprehensive medical and dental care furnished through local health maintenance organizations, on-site daycare centers for employee children, and eldercare support for the aging parents and other dependents of workers. Many companies also provide their employees with so-called defined benefit pension plans. Under defined benefit plans, employers usually offer workers a fixed percentage of their final salary as a retirement annuity. In a typical arrangement, a company might offer employees a retirement annuity of...

Personal Retirement Accounts And Social Security Reform

When the number of workers is small relative to the number of retirees, a system in which people finance their own retirement by saving and investing during their working years becomes more attractive. In varying degrees, several countries have already moved toward systems based on personal retirement accounts (PRAs). Beginning in the early 1980s, Chile shifted to a retirement system based on saving and investing through PRAs rather than pay-as-you-go. The Chilean plan was so successful that other Latin American countries, including Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, adopted similar plans in the 1990s. High-income countries have also moved in this direction. In 1986, the United Kingdom began allowing workers to channel 4.6 percentage points of their payroll tax into PRAs in exchange for accepting a lower level of benefits from the pay-as-you-go system. The PRA option is highly popular. Three-fourths of British workers now choose it. Other countries that now permit at least some...

State Earnings Related Pension Scheme

UK state pensions scheme introduced in 1975 and intended to be fully implemented by 1998. It originally entitled employees to 25 per cent of indexed qualifying earnings during the best twenty years of indexed earnings in a working life. The size of the pension would be within the range of a flat rate for a single person to an upper limit of 6.5-7.5 times the minimum level. contracting out was permitted, provided that a guaranteed minimum pension was paid. When reviewed in 1985, SERPS was criticized for its costs, for not targeting on the needy, for giving too large a role to the state and for discouraging private schemes. it was initially proposed then to replace the scheme with the requirement that at least 4 per cent of earnings be contributed to an occupational or private scheme to purchase an annuity subsequently this was modified to the recommendation to reduce contributions by setting pension levels lower so that they would only replace 20 per cent of employment earnings.

Pension H2 J3

1 A replacement of employment earnings for retired persons. It can take the form of a flat rate benefit or be related to previous earnings and be arranged by a government or firm or financial institution. Pensions can be financed from an insurance fund or on a 'pay-as-you-go' principle with contributions and government grants financing the payout of benefits.

Pension fund G2

The accumulated contributions of an employer and employees of a firm, or other employing organization, which are used to finance the future payment of retirement pensions. In the UK, the largest funds are those of the long-established public corporations, major private sector firms and local governments. Pension funds since 1945 have become major institutional investors with the potential to have a great influence on the movement of share prices. pension mis-selling (G2) The sale of complicated pension schemes without explaining the full nature of the pension scheme. In the UK this led in the 1990s to many retired people having lower than expected incomes. pension scheme (G2) An arrangement to pay a regular income to a person too old or too ill to work. By the late nineteenth century, many governments realized that some provision for the elderly was needed in the twentieth century, the spread of collective bargaining brought a proliferation of private pension plans. See also Old Age,...

Retirement age J2

The age when a person finally leaves the labour force. This is mainly determined by the employment and pensions legislation of a country. In developed countries it is between 60 and 65 in socialist countries 60 for males and 55 for females in developing countries between 50 and 60 years. Uruguay has the most generous scheme men can retire after thirty years of work and women after twenty-five, receiving a pension equal to 100 per cent of the wage rate received in the five years since reaching the age of 50. Equal opportunities legislation has led to a convergence between male and female retirement ages. Before 1900, the retirement age of workers was less of an issue as life expectancy was much lower and the provision of pensions rare.

The Pensions Crisis

Many countries face a pensions crisis which will require that their pensions systems are significantly reformed. This section identifies the nature and consequences of this crisis. Once the analysis of social security is completed, we return in Section 22.9 to review a range of proposals for reform of the system in the light of this crisis. The basis of the pensions crisis is three-fold. Firstly, most developed economies have witnessed a reduction in their birth rates. Although immigration has partially offset the effect of this in some countries, there has still been a net effect of a steady reduction in the addition of new workers. The second effect is that longevity is increasing so that people are on average living longer. For any given retirement age, this is increasing the number of retired. Thirdly, there is also a tendency for the retirement age to fall. The consequence of the increase in the dependency ratio can be expressed in more precise terms by looking at the...

Solutions To Text Problems

The provision of Social Security benefits lowers an individual's incentive to save for retirement. The benefits provide some level of income to the individual when he or she retires. This means that the individual is not entirely dependent on savings to support consumption through the years in retirement.

Part C Social Competition And Interdependent Preferences

Adopting a geometrical analogy, fashion is a form of horizontal competition, where contestants vie for the different, the new, and the fun-making. Positional interaction is instead a form of vertical competition, where the stakes are relative standing and rank in the social hierarchy. In his paper, ''Does Context Matter More for Some Goods than Others '' Robert Frank explores how positional competition can affect the distribution of individual resources among various activities. Not all consumption activities are equally sensitive to the social context within which their participants interact. Competing for all those goods that visibly mark difference, social standing and relative position, such as high incomes, highly paid jobs, big houses and cars, inevitably subtracts resources from goods that are less context-dependent. Expenditures for safety and health, pension savings, time devoted to leisure and to being with friends, the provision and conservation of public goods, are...

Basle Concordat on Banking Supervision G2

Bauer, Peter Thomas, 1915- (B3) A prominent development economist born in Budapest, Hungary, and professor at the London School of Economics 196083. He was created a life peer on retirement. After early field work in Malaysia and West Africa, he progressed to a general study of economic development, emphasizing the superiority of markets as a method of allocation he has long been a trenchant critic of many forms of economic aid and central economic planning and is therefore opposed to barriers to trade, investment and migration.

How He Wrote His Magnum Opus

In 1764, Charles Townsend, a leading British member of Parliament, offered Smith a handsome fee and lifetime pension to tutor his stepson, Henry Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch. They traveled to France, where Smith met with Voltaire, Turgot, Quesnay, and other great French thinkers. This Smith is an excellent man exclaimed Voltaire. We have nothing to compare with him (in Muller 1993, 15). Following the publication of his classic book, Smith was appointed customs commissioner in Edinburgh, as noted earlier. He also spent time revising his published books, lived a modest life despite his pension, and over the years gave away most of his income in private acts of charity, which he took care to conceal (Rae 1895, 437). He lived in Edinburgh for the remainder of his life.

Life the great risk shift

The Great Risk Shift extended to areas such as health care and retirement income. The one size fits all systems of single-payer health care and retirement income provision introduced in the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II were attacked as bloated bureaucracies that crippled individual choice. Instead, it was argued, ordinary households should make their own provision for health insurance and retirement. The public sector safety net was reserved for the indigent and improvident, and soon began to fray.

Mortgage Backed Securities

A major change in the residential mortgage market in recent years has been the creation of an active secondary market for mortgages. Because mortgages have different terms and interest rates, they were not sufficiently liquid to trade as securities on secondary markets. To stimulate mortgage lending, in 1970 the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA, called Ginnie Mae ) developed the concept of a pass-through mortgage-backed security when it began a program in which it guaranteed interest and principal payments on bundles of standardized mortgages. Under this program, private financial institutions such as savings and loans and commercial banks were now able to gather a group of GNMA-guaranteed mortgages into a bundle of, say, 1 million and then sell this bundle as a security to a third party (usually a large institutional investor such as a pension fund). When individuals make their mortgage payments on Although the size of the corporate bond market is substantially smaller...

Hedge Funds And The Bull Market

Making money in the bull market was easy, so vast portions of the U.S. population got hooked on the stock market. Some of this new interest in stocks was part of a healthy and growing equity culture, in which more and more people invested in diversified stock portfolios through their individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, and other investment accounts. But some of this interest was not healthy. Some people became obsessed with the stock market, even giving up their more conventional jobs to become day traders. The United States became a market-obsessed culture, in which people watched financial news on television and spent time at parties swapping stories about stocks, mutual funds, star portfolio managers, and so forth. Newspapers advertised mutual funds run by investment wizards who had compiled dazzling performance records. The financial pages became an extension of the sports pages as investors pored over the statistics, and the paychecks, of celebrated financial...

Taste of What Is to Come

Naomi was just putting on her newly laminated security pass when Clem came rushing in. Sorry to be late, he putted. I got caught up in a discussion with someone in marketing. Are you ready for lunch She certainly was. She had spent the better part of the morning going through the benefits package offered by Global Widgets and was a bit overwhelmed by the paperwork. Dental plan options, pension plan beneficiaries, and tax forms swam in front of her eyes. The thought of food sounded awfully good.

Hedge Fund Managers and Clients

A hedge fund brings together three very different types of individuals and organizations. First, there are the individuals and organizations who invest in the fund. These are the owners of the assets. This category covers a wide range, including high-net-worth individuals, large pension funds and endowments, and others. Second, there is the manager of the fund, who buys and sells securities on behalf of the owners of the asse ts. This category also covers a wide range, all the way from small firms managing a few million dollars to large organizations managing billions of dollars. Third, there is a category of financial intermediaries, which includes small and specialized firms, as well as financial powerhouses like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and others. These firms deliver a broad range of financial services, many of which are indispensable for the hedge fund manage r. And the hedge fund manager has become an increasingly important client of these firms.

After the zombies rethinking the experience of the twentieth century

The sharp decline in stock market values, which are still below the levels of a decade ago, has eaten away the life savings of many workers. More fundamentally, it has undermined the idea of a shareholding democracy. The promise that most households would have sufficient financial wealth, earning good returns, to be capable of financing their own retirement, has not been fulfilled.

Individual Versus Institutional Investors

Individual investors are real people. In the case of hedge funds, these people will generally be wealthy individuals who comprise the so-called high-net-worth market. The assets that they own fall into two categories taxable assets and tax-exempt assets. The tax-exempt category has become increasingly important over the years as individual investors have taken advantage of individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, and other forms of tax-advantaged investing. But the most important institutional investors are the large tax-exempt institutions pension funds, endowments, and foundations. Pension funds are funds formed by employers to make sure that the employer will be able to pay the retirement benefits it has promised to employees. For example, the General Motors pension plan is a pool of assets designated for the payment of benefits to current and future retirees. These assets are owned by a legal entity separate from General Motors...

Forced Labor in Soviet Industry

More than 20 million people had been lost in the war, not counting the millions of war invalids and physically handicapped. The government had to establish orphanages and create pensions for the tens of millions of invalids and widows. The prewar social order had been torn apart by the loss of life, the millions of children without parents, and the deterioration in living standards. Social ties collapsed, and criminality and banditry were rampant. The population continued its wartime mentality, although the enemy had been vanquished, and the rhetoric of the cold war created the image of a new enemy, American imperialism. The armed forces continued to occupy a special position of authority. Society remained to a great extent mobilized, and the idea of a new peacetime society only slowly entered the consciousness of people. Many problems continued to be resolved by coercion and force, requiring an iron hand to restore order.

Concentrated Benefits and Diffuse Costs

The argument in defense of the tariff was the potential unemployment of the four or five engaged in manufacturing the chin rest. A tax, even a small tax, on violins to provide a pension for the employees of the company would have failed because, although economically more efficient, it would have been entirely too obvious.

Box 52 World steel trade a case of permanent intervention

The significant government role arises for several reasons. Large integrated steel producers have very high fixed costs of plant and equipment. In many countries worker layoffs are unacceptable, and labor costs become fixed regardless of the amount of steel produced. Even in the United States, where layoffs are more common, health and pension benefits to retired union workers represent a significant fixed cost that must be met regardless of actual output. Under such cost conditions, firms are likely to continue producing even when prices fall substantially, a sign of inelastic supply. Falling profits create a strong incentive to lobby for government intervention.

The 2006 World Cup

Despite being ranked second in the world by FIFA, the Czech Republic only just made it through the qualifying rounds in play-offs. Placed in a difficult group with the Netherlands at the top, their position in the finals was never really in doubt once they reached the play-offs. They beat Norway 2-0 fairly convincingly to book a place in the finals. The Czechs face a tough group in Germany Italy (ranked 14), the USA (4) and Ghana (50). Italy has a good record in tournaments and will be hard to beat, while the USA has a good outside chance of winning, so the Czech team will have to play at the top of their game to proceed to the next round. Pavel Nedved, Europe's Footballer of the Year in 2003, came back from retirement to help the Czechs qualify and will now be the focal point of the team. With his creative influence and ability to score goals, the Czech Republic pose a strong threat upfront. Petr Cech has become one of the best keepers in the world and could potentially be one of the...

Double taxation of savings H2 Taxing both the income out of which

Douglas, Paul Howard, 1892-1976 (B3) A US economist who was taught, and much influenced, by John Bates clark at Columbia University. For most of his academic career, i.e. 1920-4 and 1927-48, he was a professor at chicago. As US Senator for illinois in 1948-66, he fought for family allowances, old-age pensions and pro-union legislation.

A flow perspective of the labour market

At all times the labour force is made up of people who are employed and those who are unemployed. However, unlike what we assumed for the sake of simplicity in previous models, the labour force never remains constant. New entrants, made up of school leavers, graduates, immigrants or people who re-enter the labour market after a temporary exit, increase the labour force. Exits because of death, retirement, or the pursuit of other interests cause it to shrink. mostly retirements

Changes in intertemporal preferences

Changes in technology and resource availabilities give rise to permanent, or sustainable, changes in the economy's growth path. Sustainable growth can also be set in motion by changes in intertemporal preferences. Our framework is well suited to trace out the consequences of such a preference change. It is convenient simply to hypothesize an autonomous economy-wide change in intertemporal preferences people become more thrifty, more future oriented in their consumption plans. In reality, of course, intertemporal preference changes are undoubtedly gradual and most likely related to demographics or cultural changes. For instance, baby boomers enter their high-saving years. Or increasing doubts about the viability of Social Security cause people to save more for their retirement. Or education-conscious parents begin saving more for their children's college years. The essential point is that intertemporal preferences can and do change and that these changes have implications for the...

National debt government or public debt

The debt is often understated since governments carry various liabilities which do not show on their balance sheets. For example, public-sector pensions are usually unfunded, that is, paid out of current income rather than from a reserve created during the individual's working life as happens with private-sector pensions.

Social capital and operational issues

Decade at least, the public sector's regulators have increasingly been shying away from responsibilities for the delivery of social sector services such as health, education, welfare and pension schemes. Arguably, there is now renewed interest in understanding if not addressing the challenges that globalization brings for governments and governance in general (see European Commission 2003).

Consumers persons and households

Cooking facilities. e Consumer sector and personal sector. These terms are generally used interchangeably and are usually defined to include households and individuals owners of unincorporated businesses non-profit-making bodies serving individuals private trusts and private pension, life insurance and welfare funds. e Private consumption. The same as personal consumption since, by national accounts definition, companies do not consume. But businesses invest, so private (personal plus business) investment is different from personal investment. e Total consumption. Personal (private) consumption plus government consumption.

Personal income disposable income

Personal income is current income received by the personal sector from all sources. The bulk is wages and salaries, but the total also covers rents (including the imputed rental value to owner-occupiers of their homes), interest and dividends (including those received by life insurance and pension funds), and current transfers such as social security benefits paid to persons and business donations to charities.

Setting Price to the Last Clearing Price

Example 2 demonstrated that some markets cannot sustain sufficient installed capacity (ICap) to prevent market failure. In these markets, as long as market clearing is assured, there is so much ICap that prices and short-run profits are too low to cover the fixed costs of the installed generation. Retirement of older plants and load growth will ensure that, in equilibrium, ICap is low enough that for some fraction of the time demand will exceed supply at any price. During these times the system operator is forced to set a regulated price, which, if properly selected, will be high enough to cover the fixed costs of the optimal quantity of ICap.

After The First World

The scene in Austrian economics after the war was rather different from what it had been before. Bohm-Bawerk had died in 1914, Menger, who even in his long seclusion after retirement used to receive visits from the young economists at the university, died in 1921. Although Wieser continued to teach until his death in 1926, the focus shifted to younger scholars. These included particularly Mises, the student of Bohm-Bawerk, and Hans Mayer, who succeeded his teacher Wieser to his chair. Mises, although an 'extraordinary' (unsalaried) faculty member at the university, never did obtain a professorial chair. Much of his intellectual influence was exercised outside the university framework (Mises 1978 Ch. ix). Other notable (pre-war-trained) scholars during the 1920s included Richard Strigl, Ewald Schams and Leo Schonfeld (later Illy). In the face of these changes the Austrian tradition thrived. New books were published, and a new crop of younger students came to the fore, many of whom were...

Why the Minimum Wage Got the Maximum Shaft

This time around, Republicans in the House of Representatives enthusiastically supported the Democratic initiative for a 1 increase in the minimum wage to 6.15 an hour, phased in over two years. The GOP dropped its insistence on tying the minimum wage bill to the repeal of the estate tax and overhaul of pension laws, both of which passed as separate bills.

Consumer and personal expenditure private consumption

Consumer expenditure is personal (mainly household) spending on goods and services. Thus it includes imputed rents on owner-occupied dwellings the outlays which would be required to buy income in kind and administrative costs of life insurance and pension funds. It excludes interest payments the purchase of land and buildings transfers abroad all business expenditure and spending on second-hand goods, which reflects a transfer of ownership rather than new production.

Malthus and the population principle

7 An Englishman, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) moved to America in 1774, and there published an essay, Common sense (1776), which constituted one of the immediate intellectual foundations of the Declaration of Independence of the United States emigrating to France, in 1792-5 he became a member of the Convention, opposing Robespierre. In the Rights of man (1791) he supported, among other things, a progressive fiscal system to finance subsidies to poor families and old-age pensions, and extension of the right to vote to all adult males.

International comparisons

As far as definitions are concerned, the calculations depend on the treatment of consumer durables, private pensions and life insurance payments, social security, household interest payments, capital transfers and depreciation. Adjusting for such factors can change savings ratios by several percentage points.

Influences on household savings

Savings ratios fell in the 1980s for several reasons. There was lower inflation stockmarkets were rising in some countries higher house prices boosted personal wealth and so encouraged spending financial liberalisation made borrowing easier public pensions improved and the population was ageing (older people save less).

William Stanley Jevons 183582

Born in Bermondsey (London) in 1842, Marshall was seven years younger than Jevons. He was educated at the Merchant Taylor School, where he gained a taste for mathematics he subsequently completed the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos in 1865 as second wrangler (second in the first-class honors list), thereby securing a Fellowship at St John's College. He then gradually switched to the moral sciences, concentrating on economics from the early 1870s. His first book, Economics of Industry (1879, 2nd edn. 1881) was written jointly with his wife (a former student, whom he had married in 1877). That same year he privately published material on pure theory (Marshall, 1975b 1879 ). After holding academic positions at Bristol and Oxford, in 1884 Marshall became Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge. He retired in 1908, when his student Pigou (discussed below) succeeded him. Marshall's major book, Principles of Economics, appeared in 1890 (eighth, definitive, edition in 1920 reprinted in...

In the fourth edition

As a matter of some interest, however - although of no consequence for my economic analysis -1 sought to explain why the quality and quantity of Walras's work diminished. The most probable explanation I could think of was that his health deteriorated. In contrast, Bridel contended that the apparent worsening of Walras's health between 1890 and 1892 has probably more to do with a teaching load he found unbearable. As a matter of fact, soon after his retirement in 1892, his publishing rate went up quite drastically - hardly a sign of a sudden softening of the brain (Bridel 1998, p. 232). Bridel thereby imputed to me a diagnosis that I never made and that I explicitly disavowed when I stated that my attribution of Walras's difficulty with theoretical construction late in life to his poor health was not to suggest that Walras was then or ever became senile (Walker 1996, p. 322). Thus Walras stated that his health continued to deteriorate after his retirement and that it worsened with each...

Walrass productivity

Let us examine even more closely Bridel's contention that it is a matter of fact - as distinct, he meant, from what he wished to portray as mistruths that I concocted - that Walras's productivity increased quite drastically shortly after his retirement in 1892 (Bridel 1998, p. 232, emphasis added). Counting new writings, as is done throughout this examination, the facts are that in 1888-1892, the five years prior to 1893, Walras published a total of 147 pages of economics (and zero of other) writings, or 29.4 pages per year, and that in the next five years, 1893-1897, he published 126 pages of economics (and zero of other) writings, or 25.2 per year - that is, not a drastic increase, not a medium-sized or even a small increase, but in fact a decrease. What about Walras's contention that he was running out of mental energy in regard to his economic theorizing after 1893 Walras's output of theoretical writing was an average of 28.4 pages per year during 1888-1892. Then, after his...

Productivity Lag And The Growth Of Music Festivals

Bruno Frey has pointed out that the growth of summer music festivals, especially notable in Europe, can be regarded as both a response and an offset to productivity lag.15 He argues that music produced at summer festivals such as Salzburg in Austria, Glyndebourne in England, or Wexford in Ireland has enjoyed cost advantages over music produced in the conventional home venues of opera companies or symphony orchestras for several reasons. First, festival labor costs usually do not include labor overhead items such as retirement benefits, health insurance, and vacation time that are paid by the artists' permanent employers. Second, they are not hampered by the union and or government restrictions that often burden production in the home venue. The first of these advantages would make for a lower level of costs at festivals, the second for a slower rate of cost increase.

Issues In The News

How do I know this It's in bold type in the top right-hand corner of his Web log, where Ping keeps a daily tally of his progress. He's one of more than 150 bloggers, mostly 22 to 35, who have adopted an open-source approach to personal finance. In stark contrast to their parents' generation, for whom comparing incomes can be awkward, if not downright taboo, bloggers list financial information down to the dollar in retirement, brokerage, and savings accounts. They recommend investments, decry credit-card debt, and wallow together over high taxes.

Box 91 Mergers acquisitions and takeovers hold the phone

From the perspective of the home country, we raised the concern that host countries have the opportunity to tax MNC income first, which reduces the tax benefit to the home country. For many developing countries, there is a benefit from being able to impose a corporate tax on enterprises that keep books and are subject to financial audits, conditions that may not hold for domestic enterprises. Nevertheless, host countries complain that MNCs are able to shift income out of their jurisdiction to avoid taxation, too. For example, suppose a US MNC finances the expansion of an affiliate by borrowing from a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands rather than selling shares of stock to pension funds in New York. The affiliate's reliance on debt financing means that it deducts the interest payments from its income to be taxed in the host country. The interest payment is received in a tax-haven country where that subsidiary pays no tax, and in some circumstances the parent MNC may even avoid paying a...

C A Tax on Individual Wealth

How much accumulated capital would be taken by the tax depends on the concrete data and the valuations of the specific individuals. Let us postulate, for example, two individuals Smith and Robinson. Each has an accumulated wealth of 100,000. Smith, however, also earns 50,000 a year, and Robinson (because of retirement or other reasons) earns only 1,000 a year. Suppose the government levies a 10 annual tax on an individual's wealth. Smith might be able to pay the 10,000 a year out of his regular income, without reducing his accumulated wealth, although it seems clear that, since his tax liability is reduced thereby, he will want to reduce his wealth as much as possible. Robinson, on the other hand, must pay the tax by selling his assets, thereby reducing his accumulated wealth.

Think globally act locally

So what is a new personal economic plan that works One where I don't have to live on sticks and nuts foraging in the outback, a life where I still have DSL and a good cup of coffee in the morning Where I don't have to bet my retirement account on the global casino that already sucked much of my 401K away with the dotcom crash Think globally, buy locally may be a catchy bumper sticker, but it works in practice as well. How do I help keep my economy local and contribute to the kind of world I want to live in How do I walk the path of sustainability in every part of my life including work, investing and buying the necessities in life Here are five ways I'm exploring to contribute to a sustainable local and world community.

Should Social Security Be Privatized

Individual accounts in addition to those in the trust fund. This option has advantages and disadvantages similar to those of option 2 and may provide more funds to individuals at retirement. However, some increase in taxes would be required to fund these accounts. State and local governments and the federal government, like private employers, have also set up pension plans for their employees. These plans are almost identical in operation to private pension plans and hold similar assets. Underfunding of the plans is also prevalent, and some investors in municipal bonds worry that it may lead to future difficulties in the ability of state and local governments to meet their debt obligations.

Keep Uncle Sam Out of the Investment Business

Market has blessed Americans, individually or through retirement accounts, with gains in excess of 20 percent for the last four years running. Consumer confidence is high. By and large, consumers approve of the job President Clinton is doing and would prefer that the first priority of government be to do no harm. What a plum it would be for a scandal-plagued president who governs on the basis of public opinion polls to be able to tell Americans that their retirement savings system is on sound footing.

Gores Social Security Fix Isnt a Fix or Secure

That's what Vice President Al Gore would have you believe. He called the idea of allowing individuals to invest 2 percent of the 12.4 percent payroll tax in private retirement accounts part of a plan put forth by Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush a catastrophe that would put individuals at the mercy of a volatile stock market. Opinion polls suggest that workers overwhelmingly would prefer to invest their own Social Security taxes instead of the government. Yet labor unions, ostensibly in the interest of protecting their rank and file, are as opposed to privatizing Social Security even carving out a small piece for personal retirement accounts as they are to granting permanent normal trade relations to China. By giving workers access to capital, it would turn Marx upside down, says Jos Pinera, president of the International Center for Pension Reform. There was something of a to-do a year ago when it became known that some large labor unions wrote a letter to the chief...

Figure 31 Privatization in OECD countries by main industrial sectors 1 includes electricity gas and water p provisional

Unfunded pension liabilities from the SOE to the government. By far the more difficult process is operational restructuring, which involves selling off or closing down unproductive divisions of an SOE, reconfiguring the company's manufacturing process, changing suppliers and customers, and most painful of all, laying off redundant workers. Since we saw in chapter 2 that one of the distinguishing features of government ownership is massive (and deliberate) overstaffing of state enterprises, there is frequently a need to make significant staff reductions in firms that are slated for privatization. But who should do the restructuring the divesting government or the new private buyer Early advice from the World Bank Nellis and Kikeri (1989) was that governments should restructure SOEs prior to divestment, since governments are better able than private owners to cushion the financial blow to any displaced workers by using unemployment or pension payments. Government-led restructuring can...

State of the Economy

Demographics pose a further challenge, and not only for Gli Azzurri. On the positive side, labour force participation is increasing, and working age has been extended. But the low birth rates which, like the high household savings rate, are probably a function of uncertainty surrounding the job outlook, are a burden, particularly for the state sponsored pay-as-you-go pension scheme. At 106 , the debt-to-GDP ratio is among the highest in the developed world, and has stopped declining.

The Internet Comes to Wall Street

Pension plans provide income payments to people when they retire after contributing to the plans for many years. Pension funds have experienced very rapid growth as a result of encouragement by federal tax policy and now play an important role in the stock market. Many pension plans are underfunded, which means that in future years they will have to pay out higher benefits than the value of their contributions and earnings. The problem of underfunding is especially acute for public pension plans such as Social Security. To prevent abuses, Congress enacted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which established minimum standards for reporting, vesting, and degree of underfunding of private pension plans. This act also created the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, which insures pension benefits.

John Stuart Mill and philosophical radicalism

The son of James Mill - already met as the friend who helped Ricardo in writing the Principles - and a pupil of Bentham, the young John Stuart grew up in an environment rich in cultural stimuli. Subjected by his father to a formidable educational tour de force (when three years old he began studying Greek and arithmetic), intelligent and cultivated, but also sensitive to the stimuli of Coleridge's poetry, after a period of psychological crisis which brought an end to a childhood and youth sadly lacking in human warmth and light-heartedness, at the age of twenty-five Mill fell in love with Harriet Taylor, two years younger but already married and mother to two children. John Stuart and Harriet married twenty years later, in 1851, after the death of her husband but Harriet had by then long been, and would remain until her death in 1858, an important source of inspiration for John Stuart. Like his father James before him, he worked for the Company of the Indies, with positions of...

Soviet Bureaucracy And Perestroika

Dynasty models of political succession, and has proven very stable in the few cases that it has been successfully implemented.27 The major characteristic of this system is that a voting body is appointed to determine the autocrat's successor after the autocrat's death or retirement. Like his predecessors, Gorbachev rose to Chairmanship of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) as the result of a Politburo vote.

Hidden Knowledge and Hidden Action

There are also plenty of examples of hidden action. The manager of a firm does not seek to maximize the return for shareholders but instead trades off her remuneration for less work effort, when it does not simply divert some profit. Firms may find most profitable to make unsafe products when quality is not easily observed. Employers also want to know how hard their workers work. Insurers want to know what care their insured take to avoid an accident. Lenders want to know what risks their borrowers take. Patients want to know if doctors do the right things or if, in an attempt to protect themselves from malpractice suits, they choose conservative medicine, ordering tests and procedures that may not be in the patient's best interests, and surely not worth the costs. The tax authority wants to know if taxing more may induce people to work less or to conceal more income. Government wants to know if more generous pension replacement rates may induce people to retire earlier. A welfaristic...

The Definition Of Capitalism Revisited

Peter Drucker (1993) has argued that Western economies are no longer capitalist, because ownership of the means of production is largely in pension funds, and the pension funds are owned by the workers, not the capitalists. However, capitalism does not necessarily involve two mutually exclusive social classes, where each individual can be unambiguously assigned to one social class or the other. It is an economic structure with two important sources of income one from ownership of the means of production, and the other from employment for a wage or salary. It has always been possible, in principle, for individuals to receive income from both of these sources. If a person receives a substantial income from both, then this may put difficulties in the way of attaching the single label 'capitalist' or 'worker' to that individual. But it does not undermine the reality of two quite different types of income, and of their underlying structural sources. Even if capitalism evolved to the extent...

Liability management G0

Life-cycle hypothesis (E2) Ando and Modigliani's theory of saving and the consumption function which recognizes that for each age group there is an associated average propensity to consume with the consequence that a change in a country's age distribution will affect aggregate saving and consumption. This hypothesis has been applied to the financing of pensions as during a person's working life saving is accumulated which is spent in retirement. A reverse life-cycle hypothesis asserts that at the beginning of one's working life there is dissaving to finance education, house purchase or consumer durables expenditure precedes saving in these cases.

Applications In Economics

These innovative people see a need and find a niche in the market By DavidYoung (Chicago Tribune) Mike Turk lost a coin toss and wound up with a thousand teak trophy bases he couldn't get rid of. So he bolted Army surplus hand grenades to them and sold them for 15 apiece as desk ornaments. Joseph Tokarski, a postal worker contemplating a post-retirement business, developed a machine to clean up Canada goose droppings.

Recollections Re a Kindred Spirit

In 1892, after a period of teaching history at Albion College, Professor Taylor joined the Department of Economics of the University of Michigan, where he was in charge of the basic course in principles, as well as of the advanced work in economic theory, until his retirement in 1929, at the age of seventy-five. He died in South Pasadena, Califor

Alan Greenspan Is a Knight for All Ages

Somewhere between the reign of King William and the reign of King George, Sir Alan had a change of heart. No longer should the king's stuffed coffers be used for debt retirement, Sir Alan told members of Parliament. Relying on 10-year budget forecasts that he had previously derided, Sir Alan said the fiscal situation was so good that unless King George cut taxes, there would be no sovereign debt for the kingdom to retire in the next five years.

Public provision of Health care 1281 Efficiency Arguments

Another advantage of public provision of insurance is to achieve pooling on a much larger scale with improved risk sharing. By including every person in a nation-wide insurance scheme and pooling health insurance with other forms of insurance (unemployment, pension, etc) public insurance comes closer to the ideal optimal insurance which requires to pool all the risks faced by individuals and defining a single contract covering them jointly (with a single deductible against all risks).

European Central Bank and monetary policy

A credible strategy of fiscal consolidation combined with structural reform should also contribute to long-term fiscal sustainability and higher potential growth by improving supply conditions. In particular, reforms of tax-benefit systems could increase incentives to work and invest while reducing pressures on social budgets. Reforms of the pension and health care systems are urgently needed in many countries to raise labour force participation and prepare for the future fiscal costs of population ageing. Furthermore, reducing inefficient public spending can help to finance tax cuts.

The Surest Protection

Countries and give it to the old-age pensioners, whilst never of course forgetting the young and generations yet unborn And today, a large chunk of cake must be earmarked to pay off the debts we have incurred abroad. Is it surprising that politicians are inclined to run out of cake long before they run out of promises taxation Here it is the politician who decides what and how much service our families might enjoy in doctors, hospitals, the so-called comprehensive schools, universal pensions and student grants. Under the stress of crisis, politicians are now bolder in talking about selectivity in welfare, but the paltry start with a prescription charge doesn't scratch the surface. We need a transfer of several thousand millions from government expenditure back into the pockets of the individual earner. In January, the Cabinet went into a sort of trance to save perhaps one hundred millions a year in expenditure on all forms of welfare running to seven thousand, five hundred million -...

Financial Institutions

Circumstances of each individual's life, with many-if not most-people being both debtors and creditors at different stages of their lives. People who are middle-aged, for example, tend to save more than young people, not only because their incomes are higher but also because of a need to prepare financially for retirement and for the higher medical expenses that old age can be expected to bring.

A survey of the existing system

Like the UK and Germany if they differ from our system radically. Basically, the welfare state, which is to such a large extent the legacy of Bismarck, falls in four general categories. There is first, a pension system for the old, then there is aid for people who are ill. In this latter case the American system is less generous than in many other countries, although this may be in course of modification. There is also some system for helping people who are simply poor, more often than not because they are unemployed. Finally there is a large collection of more or less miscellaneous activities such as, to quote one from the daily newspaper, making efforts to prevent killer whales from sharply reducing the population of seals and sea otters.2 Let us take these programs up one at a time starting with the old age pension problem. In order to explain that, I would like to produce a little mythical account of a mythical country. Suppose then, that there was a country in which everyone went...

Investing in Corporate Liquidations

Complex securities have existed throughout modern financial history. In the 1930s, for example, railroad bankruptcies often resulted in the creation of income bonds, which paid interest only if the issuer attained certain levels of income. In 1958 the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Company (MKT) reorganized and issued participation certificates whose only entitlement to monetary benefit consisted of the right to have payments made into a sinking fund for their retirement. Such payments were required to be made only after accumulated earnings reached a specified level as defined in the indenture. The certificates traded for years in the illiquid pink sheet market at very low prices, partly as a result of investor neglect. In 1985 MKT was merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, and the certificates were the target of a tender offer at several times the market price prevailing earlier that year.

Keynes Writes a Best Seller

Many critics consider it Keynes's best book. Writing in trenchant prose, he revealed peculiar personal characteristics of the Allied leaders.3 Keynes condemned the Allies for imposing impractical and unrealistic reparations on the Germans. The defeated nations were required to pay the complete Allied costs of the war, including pay, pensions, and death benefits of troops up to 5 billion whether in gold, commodities, ships, securities or otherwise, before May 1, 1921. The existence of the great war debts is a menace to financial stability everywhere, warned Keynes (1920, 279). A pessimistic Keynes predicted negative consequences in Europe. He implied that Germany would have no recourse but to inflate her way out. In a famous passage, Keynes noted, Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a...

The Problems Inflation Raises

Inflation is an invisible tax that redistributes income. Rising prices take real purchasing power away from those whose money incomes rise less rapidly than the prices they pay and redistribute it toward those whose money incomes rise faster than the prices they pay. As a rough generalization, those on fixed incomes, such as old-age pensioners and college professors, are heavily taxed by inflation. During this era, highly organized union workers felt less of its sting. For example, between 1967 and 1978 the average steelworker's income (after taxes and effects of inflation) increased 32 percent, whereas that of the average university professor declined 17.5 percent.

The Choice of Schemes of Payment

Explaining Delayed Pensions, bonuses, stock options, and the like, for example, are budget lines Wages with wages delayed, delayed in order to assure good behavior. A To keep them to the terms of their agreement. A servant who escaped received no land or cash at the end of the indenture term. The greater the total pay piled up at the end of the term the less likely would the servant be to escape. But the passage to the New World (chiefly to the Chesapeake Bay region, incidentally) was a very expensive and early payment to the servant Some decided therefore to escape anyway, though less than would have without the bonus. Pensions work the same way.

The Inflation Trap

Was empirical evidence that an increase in the rate of unanticipated inflation could generate a temporary increase in employment (a reduction in unemployment). But after a time, employment (and unemployment) seemed to settle back to a natural rate, a rate that was not basically affected by the now anticipated rate of inflation but that was, instead, dependent on structural characteristics of the economy, on such things as the flexibility of labor markets, the spatial location of employment, the skill level of particular employee groups, minimum wage and union restrictions, levels of unemployment, disability, retirement compensation, and a host of like factors. Economists came slowly to learn that no permanent and continuing increase in employment could be sustained by some optimally chosen and maintained rate of inflation.

The Public Debt Trap

Precisely the same logic applies, of course, to the possible repayment or retirement of an existing public debt. The participant in ordinary politics may recognize that debt retirement now will benefit the whole community in the long run, but given nonfiscally constrained democratic decision processes, there is no means of guaranteeing that debt retirement now will, indeed, have the long-term effects that are preferred.

Box 152 Printing the budget deficit as a route to inflation

This situation is particularly common in the less developed economies. Such countries typically have very limited private financial markets thus the government has few, if any, alternatives to borrowing from the central bank. If the Federal Reserve System does not purchase the new securities being issued by the Department of the Treasury, they can be sold to private banks, insurance companies, pension funds, and so on, in New York, but the finance ministry of the typical developing country does not have such alternatives. In addition, developing-country governments seem to have particular difficulties in controlling budget deficits. First, their economies make it difficult to collect a sizable percentage of total incomes as taxes. Much of the economy may be informal (subsistence hunting, fishing, and farming), which cannot be taxed easily. Even the market economy may be based in part on barter, which is hard to tax. When money is used, records may be incomplete, making it almost...

Examples of managerial shirking

Managers' immediate concern is their long-run well-being. Unless incentives or personal integrity take them in a different direction, their performance will be designed to enhance their present income, nonmonetary rewards, and future monetary rewards on the job (involving the use of a company airplane, etc.), perceived value to other companies (to enhance job prospects elsewhere), and retirement package. Studies of the agency problem have uncovered a long list of avoidable deviations from profit maximization. Some are deliberate, and some are the result of poor judgment. Ideally, both can be corrected by means of contracts that provide appropriate incentives to the decision makers.

In This Chapter You Will

When you decide to buy a car, you may compare the latest models offered by Ford and Toyota. When you take your next vacation, you may consider spending it on a beach in Florida or in Mexico. When you start saving for your retirement, you may choose between a mutual fund that buys stock in U.S. companies and one that buys stock in foreign companies. In all of these cases, you are participating not just in the U.S. economy but in economies around the world.

Other Monetary Policy Issues

Actuaries design insurance and pension plans. Actuaries gather and analyze statistics on death, sickness, injury, disability, unemployment, retirement, and property loss. This information is then used to establish how much the insured loss will be. Actuaries calculate premium rates, ensuring that the price of the insurance is high enough to cover any claims and expenses the company might have to pay.

Privatizations Impact on Financial Market Development

As it happens, good politics can also be good policy in this case, since recent economic research shows that large, efficient capital markets promote rapid economic growth. Studies by Levine (1997), Demirgiic-Kunt and Maksimovic (1998), Levine and Zervos (1998), Rajan and Zingales (1998), Subrahmanyam and Tit-man (1998), Beck, Levine, and Loayza (2000), Henry (2000), Wurgler (2000), and Bekaert and Harvey (2000) and others have now conclusively documented such a direct link between capital market development and economic growth. A looming demographic crisis in the pay-as-you-go pension systems of many European and Asian countries has also lead to a dawning realization that efficient and liquid capital markets are a prerequisite for developing a funded pension system. Therefore, governments have adopted share issue privatization programs at least partly as a means to jumpstart the growth of these markets.

International Comparisons of Equity Markets

One reason why stock markets have been more important in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and (to a lesser extent) the Netherlands is because a substantial part of the incomes going to the retired come from funded pensions in these countries. Funded pensions are those where contributions are invested in assets and pensions paid from the accumulated value of the resulting fund. In most continental European countries, unfunded state pensions, financed by taxes on current workers, have generated a much higher proportion of income for the elderly. Pension funds are long-term investors, and over the long term, equities in the biggest stock markets have substantially outperformed other asset classes, causing pension funds to invest huge amounts of money in equities.

Nontax redistribution

Rather than voting for a tax-transfer scheme which benefits the poor, i might impose my own preferences and vote for providing certain services such as education, even though the recipient would have preferred another use. Voters may support redistributional policies if in kind but not if in cash with use at the discretion of the recipient. Such preference for redistribution in kind. Political considerations dictate that many government provision programmes like education, pension and basic health insurance, be universal. Without such feature the programmes would not have the political support required to be adopted or continued. For instance, public pensions and health care would be far more vulnerable politically if they were targeted to the poor and not available to others. It should be noted that it is not because some government programmes are universal that there is no redistribution. First if the programme is financed by proportional inome taxation, the...

Market Efficiency What Should We Think

Even if it did not affect new investment, excess price volatility in equity markets, or sustained persistence of price deviations from fundamentals, can be costly for other reasons. Asset price movements shift the distribution of wealth. They make saving over a person's lifetime more difficult (although paradoxically they may actually increase saving). Volatile asset market prices may put people off funded pensions. They can generate risk premiums that are too high in terms of fundamentals. Asset price volatility may cause unnecessary takeovers and make it more difficult to monitor company management because investors cannot confidently assess the true worth of the company by reference to market values. Volatility unrelated to fundamentals can makes portfolio allocation more difficult.

Example 151 The Value Of Lost Earnings

Jennings' salary would have been 85,000, and the normal age of retirement for an airline pilot is age 60. To calculate the present value of Mr. Jennings' lost earnings, we need to take several things into account. First, Mr. Jennings' salary would probably have increased over the years. Second, we cannot be sure that he would have lived to retirement had the accident not occurred he might have died from some other cause. The PDV of his lost earnings until retirement at the end of 1993 is therefore

Open Economy Macroeconomics Basic Concepts

When you decide to buy a car. you may compare the latest models offered by Ford and Toyota. When you take your next vacation, you may consider spending it on a beach in Florida or in Mexico. When you start saving for your retirement, you may choose between a mutual fund that buys stock in US. companies and one that buys stock in foreign companies. In all these cases, you are participating not just in the US. economy but in economies around the world.

Austrian Economics And Uk Economic Policy

It is relatively easy to state these principles, but to implement them requires both economic judgement and political sensitivity. The 'right answer' is seldom obvious or easily achievable. Compromises have continually to be made. There are some areas where the incoming 1979 Government moved swiftly and boldly, notably in the abolition of exchange controls. There are other areas where as yet virtually nothing has been done to promote market forces, notably in education, health and pensions.1 Our focus in this review will be on developments in Universities , Occasional Paper 65, 1982 D. G. Green, Which Doctor , Research Monograph 40, 1985 B. Griffiths and H. Murray, Whose Business , Hobart Paper 102, 1985 A. Lewis et al., Grants or Loans , Research Monograph 34, 1980 E. V. Morgan, Choice in Pensions, Hobart Paper 100, 1984 W. D. Reekie and H. Otzbrugger, Competition and Home Medicines, Research Monograph 39, 1985. On the debit side, merger control is likely to remain unpredictable and...

An Example Of An Antirentseeking Argument

Of paying a pension to the 300 people who happen to own egg factories at the time the program was put into effect, would never go through because it is too blatant and obvious. It is necessary that these things be covered by some kind of deception. Granted that I am right about this - that these programs require that the people be misinformed - informing them is likely to terminate the program. No politician is going to tax all of his constituents a small sum of money in order to give a large sum of money to a small group no matter how well organized that small group is if everyone knows that is what he is doing. Economists can see to it that they do know.

Deficits and Bond Prices

In all financial markets, prices reflect the interaction of demand and supply. In focusing on expectations of future interest rates as the key determinant of bond prices, we have implicitly assumed that these are the driving forces between movements in demand and supply curves, and that seems sensible. Why would a company issue 10-year bonds at a yield of 9 if it expected over the next decade to be able to borrow from a bank at an interest rate that varied around an average of 6 And why should a pension fund buy five-year bonds with yields of 4 if three-month interest rates on large deposits are 6 and are not expected to fall So both the supply and demand for bonds are sensitive to expectations of future interest rates. However, governments may have to issue large quantities of debt from time to time, even though yields may be temporarily high.

How Are Interest Rates Determined

The supply of loanable funds comes from households that wish to save part of their incomes in order to consume more in the future (or make bequests to their heirs). For example, some households have high incomes now but expect to earn less in the future after retirement. Saving lets them spread their consumption more evenly over time. Also, because they receive interest on the money they lend, they can consume more in the future in return for consuming less now. As a result, the higher the interest rate, the greater the incentive to save. The supply of loanable funds is therefore an upward-sloping curve, labeled S in Figure 15.5.

Monarchies and dictatorships

Wars between the sons on the death of their father were common. Selim the Grim, decided to end this problem by a suitably grim expedient. He enacted a household law for his dynasty under which whichever one of his sons achieved the throne was required to kill all the others. The potential heirs spent their youths in a special palace surrounded by eunuchs and women who were thought to be infertile. At the death of the ruler there was a small civil war in that palace and the winner killed all his brothers and half-brothers. This prevented sizable civil wars in the domain of the Caliph, but did not produce a line of distinguished rulers. Other dynasties have used other methods. The Ming dynasty provided a healthy pension for the younger sons of the Emperor, but insisted that they move to palaces in pleasant parts of the Empire remote from the capital.

The Retail Price Index

Another departure from principle is the fact that about 14 of households are left out when expenditure weights are calculated. These consist of most pensioner households (10 ) and the very rich (4 ), because they tend to have significantly different spending patterns from the rest of the population and their inclusion would make the index too unrepresentative. A separate RPI is calculated for pensioners, while the very rich have to do without one.

Markets Competition and Regulation

Has seen the creation of a string of regulatory institutions such as OFTEL (Telecoms), OFWAT (Water), OFGEM (Gas and Electricity Markets), OFSTED (Education), and OPRA (Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority) among many others. As well as these specific regulators, industry as a whole is subject to the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission.

Consumer Price Index

The CPI is an important economic indicator and its movements have had direct and indirect effects on all Australians. The RBA's official inflation target is set in terms of the CPI and is used as its official measure of inflation for evaluating monetary policy success. Besides being an indicator of consumer price movements, the CPI has been used for pension and superannuation payments indexation and for determination of the size and nature of wage adjustments. Many business contracts are regularly adjusted to take account of changes in the CPI or in some of its components. Figure 13.2 shows how muted the CPI has become.

Milton Friedman Leads a Monetary Counterrevolution

Friedman started teaching at Chicago in 1946, where he stayed until his official retirement in 1977. Following Frank Knight's retirement in 1955, Friedman continued the Chicago tradition and even strengthened it with an upgraded version of Irving Fisher's quantity theory of money, which he applied to monetary policy. He wrote on numerous topics related to monetary economics, culminating in the research and writing of his most famous empirical study, A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, which was published by the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research and Princeton University, and coauthored by Anna J. Schwartz (1963).

Can we ever have enough money

So why, in spite of evidence that more money does not buy greater happiness, do we persist in pursuing more financial and material wealth The answer seems to be our human nature. Dr. Richard Easterlin, who studies the relationship between our material aspirations, income and life satisfaction, offers important insights. Easterlin has found the connection that income growth does not cause well-being to rise because with more income comes a shift in our material aspirations the more we make the more we want or the more we aspire for more material wealth. We fail to anticipate the rise in material aspirations that will come with growth in income. We are seemingly never materially satisfied with constantly changing material expectations, except when we reach the age of wisdom. In his study, Easterlin found that happiness (subjective well-being) does improve with income but only until retirement age is reached. Indeed, average happiness does not change despite a leveling off and even...

Why the sudden interest in the economics of happiness

The interest may reflect changing demographics as baby boomers enter retirement years and are reflecting on the real meaning of life. This generation may be realizing that once our basic material needs are met, our focus can shift from achieving the means of the good life to the ultimate ends of the good life which include self-actualization. Perhaps society as a whole is growing in wisdom. I also believe there is a growing consciousness that the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is the ultimate end desired of any human life lived. To measure this shift will require a combination of both objective measures and subjective measures of well-being. It thus makes sense that many care less about the old objective indicators of economic progress and

My Teaching Activities in Geneva

After thirty years of service, my position with the Handelskammer entitled me to retire with a lifetime pension of nearly 15,000 shillings per year. Every Handels ammer official received double credit for two and a half years of war service. In addition, I received credit for three years of prewar service. Since a service year that had begun was counted as a full year, I had earned the right to enter into retirement on October 1, 1932. I had always awaited the coming of this date with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I wanted to shed the obligations of my office in order to dedicate myself fully to scientific work. On the other hand, I had to admit that the pension promised to me seemed downright precarious in light of the general uncertainty of conditions. Next to me there were only two officials in the Handelskammer who were in the position to fight for its preservation Dr. Wilhelm Becker in Vienna, and Dr. Wilhelm Taucher in Graz, whose second job was that of an assistant professor...

The Rise of Foreign Portfolio Investment

First, patterns of saving and investment underwent a huge shift in major industrialized countries. Increasingly, individuals put their savings in pension plans and other institutional pools that invest those funds directly in securities rather than placing them in the hands of intermediaries such as depository institutions. In Canadian, German, Japanese and UK financial markets, assets of institutional investors doubled or nearly doubled as a percentage of GDP from 1980 through 1994. In the US, the share of total financial sector assets held by institutional investors rose from 32 per cent in 1978 to 54 per cent in 1998 as the share of depository institutions fell from 57 per cent to 27 per cent. (See Table 25.1.)

Portfolio Investment Flows and Macroeconomic Leverage

Second, the opening of financial markets to massive flows of foreign portfolio capital exposed countries to short investment horizons and hair-trigger investor judgements. Rather than residing as long-term assets on the books of banks, developing-nation investments became overnight guests on the constantly changing balance sheets of pension funds, mutual funds and hedge funds. Freed from restrictions on entry or exit, institutional investors could now shuffle their investments in bonds and equities from market to market in response to cyclical developments that raised and lowered returns - a privilege that subtly but inexorably weakened the impact of countercyclical monetary policies.

Taming Portfolio Investment Flows to Emerging Markets

Creating one or more closed-end funds on this model would reduce the need for capital controls, especially in countries that choose to accept foreign portfolio investment solely through this vehicle. The closed-end fund would have several additional benefits as well. It would help pension plans in developing and developed countries diversify their portfolios while

Preface and acknowledgments

Yeager is Paul Goodloe McIntire Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and Ludwig von Mises Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Auburn University. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois on 4 October 1924. He received his AB in Economics from Oberlin College in 1948 his MA in Economics from Columbia University in 1949. Yeager wrote his doctoral dissertation, An Evaluation of Freely-Fluctuating Exchange Rates, under the joint supervision of the monetary economist James W. Angell and Ragnar Nurkse, the famed specialist in International Economics and Economic Development. Yeager received his PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 1952. In the same year, Yeager was appointed an Instructor at the University of Maryland. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1955. In 1957 he was elected Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1959 and to Professor in 1963. In 1969, Yeager was named Paul Goodloe...

Social Security and Production

Worker an amount t and pays each retired person a pension ft. The program which states that pension payments must be equal to tax revenue plus the return on capital holdings less investment in new capital. Since the population grows at rate n, in a steady state the identities Lt-i j+n, Lt+i 1 + n Lt and kS+i kf ks can be used in (22.7) to generate the steady state budget identity

A new approach to risk and uncertainty

For instance, the public provision of retirement income and of services like health or education have been justified with reference to notions of redistribution, public goods, and the provision of basic needs. However, these interventions may equally be supported in terms of risk management.

Why Is Social Security Headed For Problems

The flow of funds into and out of a pay-as-you-go retirement system is sensitive to demographic conditions. The Social Security system is currently enjoying a period of highly favorable demographics. The U.S. birthrate was low during the Great Depression and World War 11. The Great Depression and World War II group is now retiring, and because it is a relatively small generation, payments to it are also relatively small. The birthrate rose sharply during the two decades following World War 11. These baby boomers are now in their prime working years, and their large numbers are expanding the flow of revenues into the Social Security retirement system. However, as Exhibit 2 shows, the situation will change dramatically when the baby boomers start retiring around 201 1. Their retirement, combined with rising life expectancies, will substantially increase the number of retirees relative to the number of workers. As we previously noted, the number of workers per Social Security retiree...

How Positional Concerns Vary Across Categories Theoretical Considerations

Savings might also be predicted to be nonpositional on grounds of unob-servability. Yet if reduced savings today means reduced capacity to spend on positional consumption in the future, the mere fact that current savings is unobservable is not decisive. Recent work in behavioral economics has identified a general tendency to discount future costs and benefits much more heavily than assumed in traditional economic models. Perhaps the problem is that whereas the current consequences of savings decisions can be experienced directly, their future consequences must be imagined. If so, then we would expect savings to be nonpositional. Alternatively, it may be that expenditures early in life are inherently more positional than those occurring later. Suppose, for example, that a parent must choose between putting money aside to support a comfortable standard of living during retirement or using that same money toward a down payment on a house in a better school district. As noted earlier,...

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