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Can the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union Afford to Grow Old?, Hunter Monroe

The demographic transition in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) now underway is rapid compared with international experience, and emigration is playing a particularly large role. This paper describes and quantifies several factors which could magnify the challenge of pension reform. First, for some ECCU countries, continued emigration at historical rates would considerably advance the projected date at which pension scheme assets are depleted. Second, there is a significant risk that assets will underperform, given the large exposures to the highly-leveraged public sector and to a lesser extent the record with private sector investments. Third, portfolio diversification away from the public sector could be complicated by age-related pressure for greater central government health spending
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Emigration and Sustainability; III. Asset Returns and Portfolio Allocation; IV. Other Age-Related Spending; V. Policy Recommendations; Figures; 1. Demographic Profile, 2005-60; 2. Social Security Reserve Assets per Actuarial Reviews; 3. Countries with the Largest Emigration to OECD, 1970-2000; 4. Estimates of Annual Emigration Rates, 2000; 5. Demographic Profile with Constant Emigration at the Historical OECD Rate, 2005-60; 6. Projected Year of Pension Fund Reserve Asset Depletion; 7. Social Security Reserve Portfolio Asset Allocations
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non fiction
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1 online resource (15 p.)
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