Social security programs and retirement around the world [electronic resource] : historical trends in mortality and health, employment, and disability insurance participation and reforms / edited by David A. Wise.

Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
1 online resource (470 p.)


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In nearly every industrialized country, large aging populations and increased life expectancy have placed enormous pressure on social security programs-and, until recently, the pressure has been compounded by a trend toward retirement at an earlier age. With a larger fraction of the population receiving benefits, in coming decades social security in many countries may have to be reformed in order to remain financially viable. This volume offers a cross-country analysis of the effects of disability insurance programs on labor force participation by older workers. Drawing on measures of health that are comparable across countries, the authors explore the extent to which differences in the labor force are determined by disability insurance programs and to what extent disability insurance reforms are prompted by the circumstances of a country's elderly population.
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  • Frontmatter
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Relation of the Directors to the Work and Publications of the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction and Summary
  • 1. Disability, Health, and Retirement in the United Kingdom
  • 2. Disability Insurance, Population Health, and Employment in Sweden
  • 3. Health, Disability, and Pathways into Retirement in Spain
  • 4. Health Status, Welfare Programs Participation, and Labor Force Activity in Italy
  • 5. Disability Programs, Health, and Retirement in Denmark since 1960
  • 6. Disability in Belgium: There Is More Than Meets the Eye
  • 7. Disability, Pension Reform, and Early Retirement in Germany
  • 8. Disability and Social Security Reforms: The French Case
  • 9. Disability Insurance Programs in Canada
  • 10. The Long- Run Growth of Disability Insurance in the United States
  • 11. Disability Pension Program and Labor Force Participation in Japan: An Historical Perspective
  • 12. Disability Insurance and Labor Market Exit Routes of Older Workers in the Netherlands
  • Contributors
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
  • 1-283-57404-7
  • 9786613886491
  • 0-226-92195-6
  • 809043462
  • 1135597442
  • 10.7208/9780226921952
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