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Labor supply and government programs: A cross-country analysis

  • Andrés Erosa

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    (IMDEA Social Sciences Institute)

  • Luisa Fuster

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    (IMDEA Social Sciences Institute)

  • Gueorgui Kambourov

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    (University of Toronto)

There are substantial cross-country differences in labor supply late in the life cycle (age 50+). A theory of labor supply and retirement decisions is developed to quantitatively assess the role of social security, disability insurance, and taxation for understanding differences in labor supply late in the life cycle across European countries and the United States. The findings support the view that government policies can go a long way towards accounting for the low labor supply late in the life cycle in the European countries relatively to the United States, with social security rules accounting for the bulk of these effects.

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Paper provided by Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers with number 2011-08.

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Date of creation: 16 Jun 2011
Date of revision: 19 Oct 2011
Publication status: Published in Journal of Monetary Economics 59(1), January 2012: 84-107
Handle: RePEc:imd:wpaper:wp2011-08
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