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Are the old poor? A discussion and some cursory evidence

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  • Dekkers, Gijs

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Many of us associate old-age and retirement with vulnerability, both physical and economical. Even though the position of the group of elderly as a whole has improved considerably and is now no less than that of younger cohorts , poverty among elderly remains an issue worth of analyzing, also since they have fewer possibilities to recover from a drop in income, for example by changing their labour market behaviour. This paper hopes to give cursory evidence on the poverty position of the elderly, while discussing some recent research.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 29436.

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