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OECD Pensions Statistics, 1980-2014

Title details

SN: 7574
Title: OECD Pensions Statistics, 1980-2014
Depositor: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Principal investigator(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
General - Social welfare policy and systems
Income, property and investment - Economics
Retirement - Employment and labour


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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Pension Statistics are presented in the following tables:

Pensions statistics
This dataset includes pension funds statistics with OECD classifications by type of pension plans and by type of pension funds. All types of plans are included (occupational and personal, mandatory and voluntary). The OECD classification considers both funded and book reserved pension plans that are workplace-based (occupational pension plans) or accessed directly in retail markets (personal pension plans). Both mandatory and voluntary arrangements are included. The data includes plans where benefits are paid by a private sector entity (classified as private pension plans by the OECD) as well as those paid by a funded public sector entity. Data are presented in various measures depending on the variable: millions of national currency, millions of USD, thousands or unit. The data runs from 1980 onwards.

Pensions indicators
This dataset comprises statistics pertaining to pensions indicators. It includes indicators such as occupational pension funds' asset as a % of GDP, personal pension funds' asset as a % of GDP, DC pension plans' assets as a % of total assets. Pension fund and plan types are classified according to the OECD classification. Three dimensions cover this classification: pension plan type, definition type and contract type. The data runs from 1980 onwards.

Public pension reserve funds' assets
This dataset covers both social security reserve funds and sovereign pension reserve funds, the two main categories of public pension reserve funds. Social security reserve funds are set up as part of the overall social security system. They are funded chiefly by surpluses from employee and/or employer contributions over current payouts and, in some cases, by top-up contributions from the government through fiscal transfers and other sources. Sovereign pension reserve funds are funds established by governments (independently of social security systems), who finance them directly through fiscal transfers. This table provided statistics on total asset, asset allocation, nominal net investment return, operating expenses and derivatives. Data are expressed in various measures such as stock and flow, data for asset classes are available in national currency million, nominal net investment returns are provided in percent, operating costs are expressed as a percent of total assets under management. The value of derivatives held is available in thousands of national currency. The data runs from 2000 onwards.

Pensions at a Glance/ELS Pensions
This dataset covers all OECD countries and is designed to show future entitlements for workers who enter the labour market in a particular year and spend their entire working lives under the same set of rules.

These data were first provided by the UK Data Service in November 2014. The UK Data Service web site includes further information on the OECD Pensions Statistics holdings, including a dataset user guide and details of latest database updates.

Citation: The bibliographic citation for the database is: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ({YYYY}): Pensions Statistics ({Edition: YYYY}). Mimas, University of Manchester. DOI: {edition specific doi - e.g.}.

Alternative DOIs: 10.1787/pension-data-en (to access via OECD.Stat subscription).

Main Topics:
The database covers:
  • finance
  • pensions
  • pensions plans
  • income
  • pension benefits
  • private pensions
  • pension contributions
  • state retirement pensions
  • retirement age
  • old age benefits
  • social welfare

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1980 - 2014
Country: Multi-nation
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
Countries covered include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, India, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa and Thailand. A full list of OECD members and partners is available on the OECD website.
Time dimensions: Time Series
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details
Method of data collection: For details of methodology, please see the dataset user guide.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 07 November 2014
Copyright: Copyright Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: Effective July 15th 2015, the UK Data Service made access to OECD online statistics databases free to all users. Please refer to the OECD's Terms and Conditions.
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