The Crowding-Out Effect of Mandatory Labour Market Pension Schemes on Private Savings: Evidence from Renters in Denmark

soren arnberg, Mikkel Barslund
2013 Social Science Research Network  
The Secretariat publishes a series of Working Papers, which primarily contains detailed information of selected subjects of the reports by the Chairmanship. The Secretariat is responsible for the series of Working Papers. Abstract We estimate the crowding-out effect of the Danish mandatory labour market pension reforms begun in 1993 on the level of total household savings for renters. The effect is identified via a large panel of individual administrative records utilising the differences in
more » ... e differences in speed, timing and sectoral coverage of the implementation of the reform in the period 1997 to 2005. We find little substitutability between current mandatory labour market pension savings and private voluntary savings. Each euro paid into mandatory labour market pension accounts results in a reduction in private savings of approximately 0 to 30 cents, depending on age. This low rate of substitution is only, to a minor extent, explained by liquidity constraints. The results point to mandatory pension savings having a large effect on total household savings. Thus, pension reforms that introduce mandatory saving have macroeconomic implications.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2356235 fatcat:y3qiitae5zhfrhe7gqpekcgczu