Providing an in-depth analysis of the economic well-being of the elderly across five European countries - UK, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia - this book offers an assessment of the performance of national social security systems in terms of income provision for the elderly. Each country analysis strictly adheres to a common methodological framework. This enables meaningful cross-country comparisons, revealing important common developments in the economic well-being of the elderly in all five countries. The authors also examine country specific features and every country chapter is written by an expert in the field who has a thorough knowledge of both the national pension systems and the data sets on which the empirical analyses are based.
Contents: Introduction and comparative summary, Tine Stanovnik, Carl Emmerson, Christopher Prinz, Zsolt Spéder, Nada Stropnik and Adam Szulc. Transition Countries: Hungary: getting better and becoming dissimilar, Zsolt Spéder; Poland: transition gainers with an uncertain future, Adam Szulc; Slovenia: income stability in a turbulent period of economic transition, Tine Stanovnik and Nada Stropnik. Non-Transition Economies: Austria: do trends in income distribution influence policy?, Christopher Prinz; Reforms in the UK: involving the private sector, Carl Emmerson, Paul Johnson and Gary Stears; Contributors.