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Private pension policy

Workplace pensions are an important component of overall remuneration, but the balance of what is provided by employers has changed dramatically over the past few decades.  IFS research in this area documents the shifting landscape of workplace pensions, explores the merits of different policies aimed at encouraging saving into workplace pensions, and examines the implications of the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pension arrangements (including implications for mobility in the labour market and for comparisons of total remuneration between the public and private sectors).

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This paper exploits the gradual roll-out of the obligation for employers to enrol their employees into a pension to estimate its effect on how much is saved in workplace pensions for private sector employees.
Journal article | National Institute Economic Review
We estimate the changing value of workplace pensions in the UK and incorporate their value into an estimate of the public sector pay differential.
Journal article | Journal of Pension Economics and Finance
The authors provide new empirical evidence on the importance of defined contribution pension wealth in England, and the nature of annuitization decisions taken by older adults who retire with such sources of wealth.


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