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The Effects of Early Retirement on Youth Unemployment; The Case of Belgium

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  • Pierre Pestieau
  • Mathieu Lefèbvre
  • Alain Jousten
  • Sergio Perelman

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In this paper, we describe the changes of (early) retirement programs over time and study the link between trends in elderly labor force participation and youth unemployment. From a theoretical point of view, there is no convincing argument that the idea of a lump-of-labor should hold. Our empirical results comfort this finding, and indicate a very weak link, if any, between elderly retirement and activity among the young and the prime-age populations.

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  • Pierre Pestieau & Mathieu Lefèbvre & Alain Jousten & Sergio Perelman, 2008. "The Effects of Early Retirement on Youth Unemployment; The Case of Belgium," IMF Working Papers 08/30, International Monetary Fund.
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    Early retirement; Belgium; Pensions; Labor force participation; Labor supply; Unemployment; security; retirement; employment;

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