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Retirement Incentives Contained in Occupational Pension Plans and Their Implications for the Mandatory Retirement Debate

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  • James E. Pesando
  • Morley Gunderson

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The authors find, for the most prevalent type of pension plan in Canada, that plan provisions are not a close substitute for mandatory retirement. Special retirement provis ions, which have a strong potential to discourage work, typically do not come into play before age sixty and are far from universal. The p ostponed retirement provision that has the greatest potential to disc ourage work beyond age sixty-five has been deemed an unacceptable sub stitute for mandatory retirement in those jurisdictions (Quebec, Mani toba, Government of Canada) which have banned mandatory retirement.

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  • James E. Pesando & Morley Gunderson, 1988. "Retirement Incentives Contained in Occupational Pension Plans and Their Implications for the Mandatory Retirement Debate," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 21(2), pages 244-264, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:21:y:1988:i:2:p:244-64
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    1. Michael Baker & Jonathan Gruber & Kevin Milligan, 2003. "The retirement incentive effects of Canada's Income Security programs," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 36(2), pages 261-290, May.
    2. admin, clsrn & Gomez, Rafael & Gunderson, Morley, 2009. "For Whom the 'Retirement' Bell Tolls: Inter-temporal Comparisons Using the 1994 and 2002 Canadian General Social Survey," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2009-31, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 22 Apr 2009.
    3. Martin Hering & Thomas R. Klassen, 2010. "Strengthening Fairness and Funding in the Canada Pension Plan: Is Raising the Retirement Age an Option?," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 263, McMaster University.
    4. Morley Gunderson & James E. Pesando, 1988. "The Case for Allowing Mandatory Retirement," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 14(1), pages 32-39, March.
    5. Morley Gunderson, 2003. "Age Discrimination in Employment in Canada," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 21(3), pages 318-328, July.
    6. James E. Pesando, 2008. "Risky Assumptions: A closer Look at the Bearing of Investment Risk in Defined-Benefit Pension Plans," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 266, June.

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