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Public Support for Retirement Income Reform


  • Peter Hicks


The OECD has undertaken a comparison of the resources of older people in nine OECD countries – Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States – and has examined how the incomes of older people are influenced, directly and indirectly, by government policies. The study finds that a new policy agenda is emerging, one that is likely to focus on how policy can support: A transition from full-time work to retirement that is later, on average, than at present and that provides greater opportunities for more flexible and gradual pathways to full retirement. There would be a realistic possibility for many people to have a continued attachment to the labour force, and an active life in society, well into later life. However, highest priority would be on encouraging later retirement for those who now retire well before age 65.A diversified system of income support for older people during retirement (and the transition to ... L’OCDE a entrepris de comparer les ressources des personnes âgées dans neuf pays de l’OCDE - - Allemagne, Canada, Etats-Unis, Finlande, Italie, Japon, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni et Suède --, cherchant, en particulier, à voir comment les revenus des personnes âgées subissent, directement ou indirectement, l’incidence des politiques publiques2. Cette étude met en évidence l’apparition d’un nouveau défi pour les pouvoirs publics, qui devront s’efforcer d’accompagner certaines évolutions : Faire que le passage d’une activité à plein temps à la retraite s’effectue plus tardivement, en moyenne, que ce n’est le cas actuellement, et selon des modalités plus souples et plus graduelles avant d’en arriver à une cessation complète d’activité. Ainsi, de nombreuses personnes pourraient continuer de garder un lien avec le monde du travail et continuer de mener une vie active au sein de la société jusqu’à un âge avancé. Cependant, la première priorité serait d’encourager les personnes ...

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  • Peter Hicks, 2001. "Public Support for Retirement Income Reform," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 55, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:55-en

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