Work Capacity and Longer Working Lives in Belgium

Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre

NBER Working Paper No. 21970
Issued in February 2016
NBER Program(s):   AG

We explore the link between health indicators and employment rates of the population aged 55 or more. Our focus lies on work capacity as a key determinant of employment. Using cohort mortality information as a proxy for overall health outcomes, we establish a substantial untapped work capacity in the population 55+. Even stronger results are obtained when relying on individual-level objective and subjective health and socioeconomic parameters as predictors.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21970

Published: Work Capacity and Longer Working Lives in Belgium, Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre. in Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World: The Capacity to Work at Older Ages, Wise. 2017

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