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Unemployment and Invalidity after 50: Two Alternative Routes for Senior Citizens in Poor Health to Leave the Labour Market?

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  • Thomas Barnay

    (ERUDITE, TEPP, Université Paris-XII-Val de Marne)

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Among the 55-64 year olds, poor health is a reason for leaving the labour market early within the framework of schemes such as Early Retirement for Certain Employees (CATS) or Early Retirement for Asbestos Workers (CAATA), but also by way of an absence from the workforce (sick pay and invalidity pensions respectively). It is interesting to single out the controlling factors for participation in or absence from the labour market after 50 and the link between poor health and occupational status. The prevalence of functional limitations in everyday activities leads to a more pronounced exclusion of the over-50s from the labour market. Some of those aged between 55 and 59 on disability benefits become unemployed and do not look for work, in other words they are potentially exempted from job-seeking. This would confirm the hypothesis that some of those exempted from job-seeking are in poor health.

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

Volume (Year): 411 (2008)
Issue (Month): (September)
Pages: 47-68

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Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es411c

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