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Why Are Older Pensioners Poorer?

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  • Johnson, Paul
  • Stears, Gary

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The authors show that older male pensioners have substantially lower incomes than younger pensioners. There are a number of possible reasons for this including under-indexation of private pensions and the running down of income producing assets. In fact, they find that cohort differences more than account for the lower incomes of older pensioners in the sense that the mean income of older pensioners is actually higher than the mean income of the same cohort of pensioners when they were younger. The authors explore a number of possible reasons for this and conclude that it is driven by differential mortality between richer and poorer pensioners. They show how this manifests itself in a long time series of cross-sectional datasets. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Johnson, Paul & Stears, Gary, 1998. "Why Are Older Pensioners Poorer?," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 60(3), pages 271-290, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:60:y:1998:i:3:p:271-90
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    1. Bardasi, Elena & Jenkins, Stephen P. & Rigg, John A., 2000. "Retirement and the economic well-being of the elderly: a British perspective," ISER Working Paper Series 2000-33, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    2. Kevin Milligan, 2008. "The Evolution of Elderly Poverty in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 34(s1), pages 79-94, November.

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