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Definition: Social insurance scheme


Social insurance schemes are schemes in which social contributions are paid by employees or others, or by employers on behalf of their employees, in order to secure entitlement to social insurance benefits, in the current or subsequent periods, for the employees or other contributors, their dependants or survivors.

This definition is used both in SNA 1993 (§ 8.55) and in SNA 2008 (§ 8.6). United Nations, System of National Accounts (SNA) 1993, United Nations, New York, 1993
European Commission (Eurostat), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations (Statistics Division), World Bank, "System of National Accounts 2008", United Nations, New York, 2009