The Urban Pension System

Kjetil Storesletten with Zheng Song, Yikai Wang and Fabrizio Zilibotti

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Chapter in:

Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang (eds). The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China. Oxford University Press, 2014.



This chapter examines China’s pension reform. China implemented a public pension system in the early 1990s. The system consists of two pillars. The first pillar, funded by 17 per cent wage taxes paid by enterprises, guarantees a replacement rate of 20 per cent of local average wage for retirees with a minimum of fifteen years of contribution. The second pillar provides pensions from individual accounts financed by a contribution of 3 per cent and 8 per cent wage taxes paid by enterprises and workers, respectively. More recently, a new reform was implemented, which adjusted the proportion of taxes paid by enterprises and individuals and the proportion of contribution for individual accounts. Individual accounts are now funded by a wage tax of 8 per cent paid by workers only. The rural pension system is also discussed.


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