Optimal Redistributive Pensions with Temptation and Costly Self-Control

TitreOptimal Redistributive Pensions with Temptation and Costly Self-Control
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBouchard St-Amant, P-A., & Garon J-D.
JournalInternational Tax and Public Finance
Start Page1
Date Published05/2015
Mots-clésPensions, Redistribution, Self-Control, Taxation
Abstract

We examine how the introduction of self-control preferences influences the tradeoff between two fundamental components of a public pension system: the contribution rate and its degree of redistribution. The pension regime affects individuals’ welfare by altering how yielding to temptation (i.e., not saving, or saving less) is attractive. We show that proportional taxation increases the cost of self-control, and that this adverse effect is more acute when public pensions become more redistributive.

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