Evaluating the Policy Input and Social Output of Retirement Payment Schemes: The Chinese Community States and the Three Worlds Compared

in International Symposium (oral presentation paper), 國際研討會(全文口頭發表)
標題Evaluating the Policy Input and Social Output of Retirement Payment Schemes: The Chinese Community States and the Three Worlds Compared
出版類型國際研討會(全文口頭發表)
出版年度2012
AuthorsLin, 林宏陽
出版日期Jul 17 2012 12:0
會議地點York
其他編號0000
中文摘要

Doing comparative research by employing policy index had been significantly
encouraged since Esping-Anderson published the Three Worlds in 1990, and some
ways of categorising welfare regimes in the West were thus proposed. Although
Esping-Anderson attempted to compare the East and West through this approach, the
findings seemed less convincing. At the same time, some scholars tried to look into the welfare regimes in the East and proposed their classifications. However, most of them were limited to nominal description instead of statistics and index system and were difficult to clearly conceptualise the characteristics of Asian welfare regimes. This may result from the lack of statistics published by those Asian governments, and let alone doing comparative studies among East Asian states as well as between the East and West.

In order to complete this field of research, a policy index system for examining the
policy input and social output of pension systems in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and
Taiwan had been proposed by Lin (2011; 2012). This paper attempts to further develop
this two-policy-index system as a model of comparing the performance of retirement
provisions in the East and West. For this purpose, the typical cases of the Three Worlds, i.e. Germany, Sweden and the US, and the cases had been selected to this series of research, i.e. China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK, are brought into this index system. The findings suggest that these 9 retirement payment systems can be categorised into 4 to 6 types in terms of the performance of policy inputs and social outputs, but the approach to devise and render retirement provisions within the groups varies.

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