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Reforming the Retirement Scheme: Flexible Retirement versus Legal Retirement Age

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We compare a social security system where people can retire at an age of their own choice with one in which there is a legal retirement age elected through a majority voting process. We show that individuals prefer a legal retirement age higher than the one they would choose in the flexible scheme. In spite of this, we show that when the legal retirement age significantly limits the retirement age of high-wage workers, a flexible scheme would improve the financing of the pension system. Finally, we show that even when pension benefits are higher with a legal retirement age, a flexible system might be implemented.
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Keywords: FLEXIBLE RETIREMENT; LEGAL RETIREMENT AGE; SOCIAL SECURITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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