AIM - Adequacy and sustainability of old-age income maintenance
This project aims at providing a strengthened conceptual and scientific basis for assessing the capacity of European pension systems to deliver adequate old age income maintenance in a context of low fertility and steadily increasing life expectancy. The main focus is on the capacity of social security systems to contribute to preventing poverty among the old and elderly and more generally to enable persons to take all appropriate measures to ensure stable or "desired" distribution of income over the full life cycle. In addition it will explore and examine the capacity of pension systems to attain broad social objectives with respect to inter- and intra generational solidarity.
Furthermore it will examine the capacity of pension systems to allow workers to change job or to move temporarily out of the labour market and to adapt career patterns without losing vesting of pensions rights. The project will also address the specific challenges with respect to providing appropriate old age income for women.
A general objective of the research project will be to clearly identify and analyse the potential trade-offs between certain social policy objectives and overall stability of public debt.
AIM is financed under the 6th EU Research Framework Programme. It started in May 2005 and includes partners from both the old and new EU member states.
- CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
- FPB - Belgian Federal Planning Bureau, Brussels
- DIW - Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin
- ETLA - The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki
- FEDEA - Fundacion de Estudios de Economia Aplicada, Madrid
- SCP - Social and Cultural Planning Office, Netherlands
- ISAE - Instituto di Studi e Analisi Economica (Institute for Studies and Economic Analysis), Italy
- NIESR - National Institute for Economic and Social Research, London
- CASE - Centrum Analiz Spolleczno-Ekonomicznych (Center for Social and Economic Research) Poland
- TARKI - Tarsadalomkutatasi Informatikai Egyesules (TARKI Social Research Informatics Centre), Hungary
- CeRP - Centre for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Italy
- SAS - Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Republic
- IER - Inštitut za ekonomska raziskovanja (Institute for economic research), Slovenia
Adequacy - the concept and its operationalisation, Elsa Fornero, CeRP
Classification of pension systems in the EU, Cok Vrooman, SCP
Pension reforms and public opinion: Robert Gal, TARKI
Pension reforms and the labour market:, Juraj Draxler, CEPS
Ensuring sustainability and actuarial fairness, Martin Weale, NIESR
Poverty and social inclusion of the elderly, Cok Vrooman, SCP and Nada Stropnik, IER
Maintaining living standards, Margherita Borella, CeRP
Solidarity between and within generations,Hannu Piekkola, ETLA