The Effects of Early Retirement on Youth Unemployment : The Case of Belgium

Author/Editor:

Pierre Pestieau ; Mathieu Lefèbvre ; Alain Jousten ; Sergio Perelman

Publication Date:

February 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

In this paper, we describe the changes of (early) retirement programs over time and study the link between trends in elderly labor force participation and youth unemployment. From a theoretical point of view, there is no convincing argument that the idea of a lump-of-labor should hold. Our empirical results comfort this finding, and indicate a very weak link, if any, between elderly retirement and activity among the young and the prime-age populations.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/30

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451868920/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008030

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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