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Social Security Programs and Retirement around the WorldMicro-Estimation$
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Jonathan Gruber and David A. Wise

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226310183

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309989.001.0001

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Introduction and Summary

Introduction and Summary

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Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World

Jonathan Gruber

David A. Wise

University of Chicago Press

This volume represents the second stage of a research project to study the relationship between social security provisions and retirement. The first stage of the project, reported in Gruber and Wise (1999), documented the enormous disincentives for continued work at older ages in many countries. The analysis also revealed a strong correspondence across countries between social security program incentives to retire early and the proportion of older persons who have left the labor force. In this second stage, researchers turn to country-by-country analysis of retirement behavior based on micro-data. This introductory chapter begins with a background on the first stage of the study. It then discusses the analysis and issues addressed in the second state of the study.

Keywords:   social security, retirement behavior, program incentives, older persons, labor force

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