Worry Barometer – Retirement Provision
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Worry Barometer – Retirement Provision

On December 2, 2015, the new Credit Suisse Worry Barometer will be published. In light of this, the latest online contribution from "Compass for Switzerland – Looking at the Political Future with the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer" deals with retirement provision. In two articles, Maurus Blumenthal and Hans Groth discuss how a vision for old age promoting both prosperity and welfare can be developed.

The state of retirement provision has worried Swiss citizens for many years. The topic has been in the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer's top three biggest perceived problems for many years, with the exception of 2011. In 2014, for instance, it was third on the worry list with 37 percent.

However, retirement provision is more frequently perceived as a future than a current problem, probably in part because retirement age is yet to come for most of those surveyed. Last year, for instance, retirement provision was in second place for future expected problems, with 47 percent.

Trend in Problem Awareness (1996 to 2014)

Trend in Problem Awareness (1996 to 2014)

AHV / retirement provision (in % of eligible voters)
Source: gfs.bern (2014). Credit Suisse Worry Barometer 2014. Final Report

In the following guest contributions (see box with link to PDF), Maurus Blumenthal, Managing Director of the Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente (DSJ – umbrella organization for Swiss Youth Parliaments), and Dr. Hans Groth, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum), share their thoughts on this topic. They consider the questions of the future of retirement policy, how support for it can be gathered in civil society, and what food for thought politics and economics can derive from it.