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El retiro de los trabajadores uruguayos y la seguridad social


  • Ignacio Alvarez

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Natalia da Silva

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Alvaro Forteza

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Ianina Rossi

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)


We analyze recent trends of the activity rates and retirement of Uruguayan old age workers. We find that in Uruguay, unlike in several developed countries and most Latin American countries, the activity rates of old-age men are not falling. On the contrary, in recent decades the activity rate of old age men has been growing in Uruguay. In the case of women, the activity rate is rising, like in most other countries, but the pace of this process accelerated in the aftermath of the 1996 social security reform. The minimum retirement age seems to be playing a key role in the retirement of Uruguayan workers. We find peaks of retirement at the minimum retirement age and a gradual increase of the retirement age of women which seems to be linked to the increase of the minimum pension age disposed in the 1996 social security reform.

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  • Ignacio Alvarez & Natalia da Silva & Alvaro Forteza & Ianina Rossi, 2009. "El retiro de los trabajadores uruguayos y la seguridad social," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 2409, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:2409

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    1. Alvaro Forteza & Graciela Sanromán, 2011. "Estimación de un modelo estructural para las decisiones de retiro en Uruguay," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 2411, Department of Economics - dECON.
    2. -, 2011. "Population ageing, intergenerational transfers and social protection in Latin America and the Caribbean," Documentos de Proyectos 439, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).

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    retirement; social security;

    JEL classification:

    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies


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