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Elderly and Non-elderly in the European Union: A Comparison of Living Standards

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  • Tsakloglou, Panos

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This paper compares the living standards of the elderly vis-a-vis the rest of the population in EU countries in the late 1980s using the data of household budget surveys. Elderly and nonelderly are compared in terms of consumption expenditure, income, and nonmonetary indicators of welfare. The results show that, in all EU countries, the nonelderly are better-off than the elderly. In some countries the differences in the living standards of the two groups are marginal, whereas in others they are substantial. These differences tend to be larger in the southern European EU countries (with the exception of Spain) and smaller in the northern European EU countries (with the exception of the Unikted Kingdom). Copyright 1996 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 42 (1996)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 271-91

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:42:y:1996:i:3:p:271-91

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  1. Mantovani, D. & Papadopoulos, Fotis & Sutherland, Holly & Tsakloglou, P., 2005. "Pension incomes in the European Union: policy reform strategies in comparative perspective," EUROMOD Working Papers EM5/05, EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Bonsang Eric & Soest Arthur van, 2010. "Satisfaction with job and income among older individuals across European countries," ROA Research Memorandum 011, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
  3. Asghar Zaidi & Joachim R. Frick & Felix Buchel, 2004. "Income mobility in old age in Britain and Germany," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 6300, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  4. Whitehouse, Edward, 2000. "How Poor are the Old? A Survey of Evidence from 44 Countries," MPRA Paper 14177, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. M. Asghar Zaidi & Klaas de Vos, 2002. "Income Mobility of the Elderly in Great Britain and The Netherlands: A Comparative Investigation," Economics Series Working Papers 107, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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