Superannuation: A Guide to the Field for Australian Economists

Geoffrey Kingston*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


There is a worldwide effort to identify international best practice in retirement income provision. Legions of superannuation experts have stepped forward, from the ranks of accountants, actuaries, demographers, financial analysts, lawyers -and economists. This paper seeks to compile disparate pieces of advice, distilled from recent research, which economists can usefully pass on to superannuation members, managers, trustees and policymakers. No prior knowledge of superannuation is assumed. Various policy issues are addressed, including the inadequacy of Australia's mandatory 9% contribution rate, the efficiency and equity costs of our unusual "front-end" superannuation taxes, and the tension in regulatory policy between protecting inactive or ill-informed contributors and giving well-informed contributors the right to back their personal judgements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-226
Number of pages24
JournalEconomic Analysis and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Superannuation: A Guide to the Field for Australian Economists'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this