Bruce Little’s paper is particularly timely in light of the recent recession that turned retirement pensions into an increasingly important issue globally, as concerns rise over both state-run and private pensions.
Even in Canada, which avoided the worst of the recent meltdown, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and his provincial counterparts recently met to plan how to gradually increase benefits paid by the Canada Pension Plan, and this to avoid a crisis for many pensioners who have not set enough aside for their retirements.
Mr. Little is a long-time journalist who wrote on economic issues and government finance for the Toronto Globe and Mail for 20 years.
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