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Participation and Earnings of Older People in Argentina: Nice Work if You Can Get It?


  • Armando Barrientos


The article explores the potential contribution of better labour market participation among older people in Argentina to address old age poverty and vulnerability. The acute financial crisis in 2001 led to a steep rise in poverty and renewed concerns over the deterioration of old age support. Broadly, two main strategies took shape: to strengthen pension provision for poorer and vulnerable older people, and to improve their labour market participation. Using data from a dedicated survey of older people, the article tests the feasibility and effectiveness of the second strategy through a detailed analysis of the labour market participation and earnings of older people in Argentina.

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  • Armando Barrientos, 2011. "Participation and Earnings of Older People in Argentina: Nice Work if You Can Get It?," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(7), pages 1061-1079.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:47:y:2011:i:7:p:1061-1079
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2010.514333

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    1. Gough,Ian & Wood,Geof & Barrientos,Armando & Bevan,Philippa & Davis,Peter & Room,Graham, 2004. "Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521834193, May.
    2. Jonathan Gruber & David A. Wise, 1999. "Introduction to "Social Security and Retirement around the World"," NBER Chapters,in: Social Security and Retirement around the World, pages 1-35 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Bertranou, Fabio & CetrĂ¡ngolo, Oscar & Grushka, Oscar & Casanova, Luis, 2012. "Beyond the privatization and re-nationalisation of the Argentine pension system: coverage, fragmentation, and sustainability," MPRA Paper 44245, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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