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Women’s Pension Rights and Survivors’ Benefits: A Comparative Analysis of EU Member States and Candidate Countries. ENEPRI Research Reports No. 53, 22 April 2008

Monticone, Chiara and Ruzik, Anna and Skiba, Justyna. (2008) Women’s Pension Rights and Survivors’ Benefits: A Comparative Analysis of EU Member States and Candidate Countries. ENEPRI Research Reports No. 53, 22 April 2008. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    This report presents and compares old-age income provision rules with respect to the issue of equality between women and men in the current and future EU member states. The report focuses on 25 member states and, to the extent possible, on the recently acceded and candidate countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatia). The report considers various aspects of the benefits, ranging from entitlement rules to minimum pensions, through to childcare credits and assistance for survivors. Overall, European countries adopt similar measures for ensuring adequate old-age income for women. The elimination of differentiated entitlement rules for standard and early retirement plays a key role in the reduction of the differences between men and women. In particular, this process means a faster increase in the minimum retirement age for women and different methods of encompassing childcare periods in the pension benefit formulas. In the long run, the higher employment rates of women and reduced wage disparities between men and women should lead to better individual pension rights for women, especially in defined contribution schemes, which have recently been introduced in some countries.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > gender policy/equal opportunity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > ENEPRI Research Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2009
    Page Range: p. 102
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 13:45
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9447

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