Automatic Pension Splitting Will Hardly be Able to Reduce Old-age Poverty Among Women

WIFO Research Brief by Christine Mayrhuber
The federal government is planning to introduce automatic pension splitting to reduce poverty among women in old age. The details have not yet been specified, but a first analysis does not suggest a major poverty-reducing effect.

In a European comparison, the gender gap in pensions is particularly high in Austria at the expense of women. The at-risk-of-poverty rate for women aged 65 and older is also high, at 17 percent it is significantly higher than the overall at-risk-of-poverty rate (14 percent).