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The Gender Gap in Pensions: Differences Between Generations


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  • Carole Bonnet


  • Sophie Buffeteau


  • Pascal Godefroy



Over successive generations, womens participation in the labour market has risen and their career breaks have become less frequent. The gender wage gap has narrowed. The time spent in education has increased. These socio-economic factors largely explain the reduction for future generations of the current gender differentials in pension levels and retirement ages. Nonetheless, the gender pension gap should remain significant. Men of the 1965-1974 generations retiring from the private sector should receive a pension that is more than 50% higher than womens. Although women are expected to participate more in the labour market, they often work part time and the gender wage gap is expected to remain significant. Changes in retirement system rules will influence future trends in pension levels. The gap between womens and mens pensions would have narrowed much more in future if the 1993 and 2003 reforms had not been implemented.

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Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

Volume (Year): 398-399 (2007)
Issue (Month): (March)
Pages: 131-148

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Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es398-399g

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Keywords: Pensions; Gender Pension Gap; Microsimulation; Pension Reforms;

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  1. Carole Bonnet & Sophie Buffeteau & Pascal Godefroy, 2006. "Les effets des réformes des retraites sur les inégalités de genre en France," Population (french edition), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED), vol. 61(1), pages 45-75.
  2. Dominique Meurs & Sophie Ponthieux, 2000. "Une mesure de la discrimination dans l'écart de salaire entre hommes et femmes," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 337(1), pages 135-158.
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