Public Choice

, Volume 150, Issue 1–2, pp 327–362 | Cite as

Does information increase political support for pension reform?



An opinion poll on a representative sample of Italians suggests that it does. We focus on reforms increasing retirement age or cutting pension benefits. We find that individuals who are more informed about the costs and functioning of the pension system are more willing to accept reforms. We do not find that exposure to media coverage of pension issues significantly improves information. We perform a controlled experiment asking a random subsample of individuals to read a descriptive note on the Italian pension system before answering the questionnaire, finding that citizens reading the note are more willing to support pension reforms.


Pension reform Information Policy opinions 

JEL Classification

H55 J26 D8 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bocconi University and IGIERMilanItaly

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