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Early Retirement

  • Conde-Ruiz, J.I.
  • Galasso, V.

The aim of this paper is to provide a political-economic explanation of the wide spread adoption of generous early retirement. We suggest that the political support for generous early retirement provisions relies on: (i) the existence of an initial, significant group of redundant elderly workers with incomplete working history, who are not entitled to an old age pension; and (ii) the policy persistence that this provision introduces by inducing low-ability workers to retire early.

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Paper provided by European University Institute in its series Economics Working Papers with number eco2000/24.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:eui:euiwps:eco2000/24
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