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Should Old-age Benefits Be Earnings-tested

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  • Määttänen, Niku
  • Poutvaara, Panu

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We study the welfare effects of earnings testing flat-rate old-age benefits in a quantitative overlapping generations model with idiosyncratic labor income risk. In our model economy, even a moderate earnings testing reduces individualsŽ expected lifetime utility. Moreover, it also lowers the realized lifetime utilities of those at the bottom of the lifetime utility distribution.

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1062.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1062

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Keywords: social security; retirement; means-testing; computational models;

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  1. Chung Tran & Alan Woodland, 2011. "Trade-Offs in Means Tested Pension Design," Working Papers 201110, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.
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