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Em busca de incentivos para atrair o trabalhador autônomo para a Previdência Social [Seeking incentives for self-employed people to join the Brazilian social security system]

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  • Marcelo Neri


  • Samantha Dart Tamm


  • Flavio Menezes


  • Leandro Kume


This paper intends to show that economic incentives can affect the decisions of self-employed people whether to join or not the Brazilian social security system using a Principal-Agent framework. Relaxation of the rules for low income workers to access social security benefits promoted by the Federal Constitution of 1988 provides a laboratory to test such a model. The empirical analysis, however, contradicts the expectations of the theoretical model. There is a general movement of withdrawal from the social security system yet this movement is more pronounced at the richest self-employed group. In theoretical terms, this is explained by a violation of the incentive compatibility constraints. One possible explanation is that the increase in the availability of private pension funds in the market has created competition for the government system.

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Article provided by Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) in its journal Nova Economia.

Volume (Year): 17 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (September-December)
Pages: 363-394

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Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:17:y:2007:i:3:p:363-394
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