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Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World – Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms

David A. Wise


In nearly every industrialized country, large aging populations and increased life expectancy have placed enormous pressure on social security programs—and, until recently, the pressure has been compounded by a trend toward retirement at an earlier age. With a larger fraction of the population receiving benefits, in the coming decades social security in many countries may have to be reformed in order to remain financially viable. This book offers a cross-country analysis of the effects of disability insurance programs on labor force participation by older workers. Drawing on measures of health ... More

Keywords: industrialized country, aging populations, increased life expectancy, social security programs, retirement, benefits, disability insurance programs, labor force participation, older workers, measures of health

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226903095
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226921952.001.0001


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David A. Wise, editor

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Introduction and Summary

Kevin Milligan and David A. Wise

1. Disability, Health, and Retirement in the United Kingdom

James Banks, Richard Blundell, Antoine Bozio, and Carl Emmerson

2. Disability Insurance, Population Health, and Employment in Sweden

Lisa Jönsson, Mårten Palme, and Ingemar Svensson

3. Health, Disability, and Pathways into Retirement in Spain

Pilar García-Gómez, Sergi Jiménez-Martín, and Judit Vall Castelló

5. Disability Programs, Health, and Retirement in Denmark since 1960

Paul Bingley, Nabanita Datta Gupta, and Peder J. Pedersen

6. Disability in Belgium There Is More Than Meets the Eye

Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre, and Sergio Perelman

8 Disability and Social Security Reforms The French Case

Luc Behaghel, Didier Blanchet, Thierry Debrand, and Muriel Roger

9. Disability Insurance Programs in Canada

Michael Baker and Kevin Milligan