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Health Capacity to Work at Older Ages in France

In: Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: The Capacity to Work at Older Ages

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  • Didier Blanchet
  • Eve Caroli
  • Corinne Prost
  • Muriel Roger

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France stands out as a country with a low labor force attachment of older workers. A reversal in the trend of French labor participation rates over 50 is under way, partly due to the pension reforms that took place since 1993. The French ageing process is driven by large gains in life expectancy and Pension reforms allocate part of these gains to work rather than to retirement. The implicit assumptions guiding the reforms have been that additional years of life are years with a health status that can be considered reasonably compatible with work. If this is not the case, the idea of sharing these additional years of life between work and retirement is questionable. Considering mortality and health status, we question the fact that the reforms may have gone too far in increasing the retire...
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  • Didier Blanchet & Eve Caroli & Corinne Prost & Muriel Roger, 2017. "Health Capacity to Work at Older Ages in France," NBER Chapters,in: Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: The Capacity to Work at Older Ages, pages 111-147 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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