Social Security and Retirement Around the World

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What accounts for the striking decline in labor force participation at increasingly younger ages? Social Security and Retirement around the World examines one explanation: social security programs actually provide incentives for early retirement. This volume houses a set of remarkable papers that present information on the social security systems, and labor force participation patterns, in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
"This book is highly recommended for the serious student of retirement age trends and social security old-age pension policies of industrial nations in a cross-national context." Martin B. Tracy, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
“A path-breaking public-policy study. The authors consistently use a new methodology to evaluate the consequences of retirement systems on the behavior of older workers in eleven industrialized countries. In doing so, the book passes a major test of any conference volume the whole greatly exceeds the sum of its parts. This book without question provides the most consistent cross-national analyses of the work disincentives of retirement programs ever produces. Moreover it will serve as the model for all future efforts of this kind.” Journal of Economics

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance

"Like its predecessor NBER volumes from this project, the new book is informative and useful as a reference for social security schemes and looming problems in the covered countries."

— Monika Buetler

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance - Monika Buetler
"Like its predecessor NBER volumes from this project, the new book is informative and useful as a reference for social security schemes and looming problems in the covered countries."
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Meet the Author

Jonathan Gruber is a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of research for the National Bureau of Economic Research's program on children. David A. Wise is the John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and director of health and retirement programs at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Summary—Jonathan Gruber and David A. Wise
1. Social Security and Retirement in Belgium
Pierre Pestieau and Jean-Philippe Stijns
2. Social Security and Retirement in Canada
Jonathan Gruber
3. Social Security and Retirement in France
Didier Blanchet and Louis-Paul Pelé
4. Social Security and Retirement in Germany
Axel Börsch-Supan and Reinhold Schnabel
5. Social Security and Retirement in Italy
Agar Brugiavini
6. Social Security and Retirement in Japan
Naohiro Yashiro and Takashi Oshio
7. Social Security and Retirement in the Netherlands
Arie Kapteyn and Klaas de Vos
8. Social Security and Retirement in Spain
Michele Boldrin, Sergi Jimenez-Martin, and Franco Peracchi
9. Social Security, Occupational Pensions, and Retirement in Sweden
Mårten Palme and Ingemar Svensson
10. Social Security and Retirement in the United Kingdom
Richard Blundell and Paul Johnson
11. Social Security and Retirement in the United States
Peter Diamond and Jonathan Gruber
Author Index
Subject Index

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