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Labor Mobility, Redistribution, and Pension Reform in Europe

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  • Alain Jousten
  • Pierre Pestieau

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In this Paper, we discuss the main characteristics of European mandatory pension systems and the implications for these systems of increasing factor mobility. In particular, we expect the extent of redistribution (both intra- and intergenerational) in national pension systems to decrease. The latter result should hold true even in the presence of mobility limited to some particular subgroups in the working population. The present Paper explores this issue by considering three types of mobility: not only mobility at the beginning of the working life, but also mobility during the working career and mobility at retirement.
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  • Alain Jousten & Pierre Pestieau, 2002. "Labor Mobility, Redistribution, and Pension Reform in Europe," NBER Chapters,in: Social Security Pension Reform in Europe, pages 85-108 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General

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