Pension Payouts in Chile: Past, Present, and Future Prospects

Olivia S. Mitchell and Jose Ruiz

Abstract —One of the most interesting features of the Chilean pension system is that approximately two-thirds of all retirees purchase annuities, resulting in annuitization rates much higher than in other countries. In this paper we review recent developments in the payout market for Chilean pensions, focusing particularly on the role of annuities, and we discuss what makes the payout market in Chile so different from those in other nations.