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Are We Retiring Too Early?

  • Pestieau, P.

The European population is living longer but retiring earlier. More and more individuals are spending an increasing fraction of their lifetime relying on retirement benefits. At the same time, social security programs face mounting financial difficulties. The purpose of this paper is to explain why people are retiring so young and why it is so difficult to reverse a trend that could turn out to be fatal to social security systems that have worked so well up to now.

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Paper provided by UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE, Faculte d'economie, de gestion et de sciences sociales, Groupe d'Etude des Mathematiques du Management et de l'Economie in its series Liege - Groupe d'Etude des Mathematiques du Management et de l'Economie with number 2001/03.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fth:gemame:2001/03
Contact details of provider: Postal: UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE, Faculte d'economie, de gestion et de sciences sociales, Groupe d'Etude des Mathematiques du Management et de l'Economie. 4000 Liege, BELGIQUE
Web page: http://www.quantom.hec.ulg.ac.be/

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