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Defined Contribution vs Defined Pension: Reforming the Legal Retirement Age

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  • Juan A. Lacomba

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Francisco M. Lagos

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

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In this paper we analyze the effects of changing Social Security parameters on the optimal legal retirement age. Two Social Security Systems are studied, with opposite results. When the pension scheme has a defined contribution, a more redistributive system will delay the preferred legal retirement age. On the other hand, when the pension benefit is the defined parameter, the increase in the redistribution level will lower this preferred age.

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  • Juan A. Lacomba & Francisco M. Lagos, 2008. "Defined Contribution vs Defined Pension: Reforming the Legal Retirement Age," ThE Papers 08/13, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:08/13
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    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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