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Jean-Philippe Stijns

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 1999Social Security and Retirement in Belgium
with Pierre Pestieau
in Social Security and Retirement around the World, Jonathan Gruber and David A. Wise, editors
Generational Accounts for Belgium
with Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Willi Leibfritz
in Generational Accounting around the World, Alan J. Auerbach, Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Willi Leibfritz, editors
September 1997Social Security and Retirement in Belgium
with Pierre Pestieau: w6169
Belgium like many other industrialized countries is facing serious problems in financing its social security. Whereas the effects of aging are still to come, Belgium currently experiences one of the lowest attachments to the labor force of older persons. This paper presents the key features of the Belgian social security system and focuses on labor force participation and benefit receipt. Most of the attention is given to the interaction between retirement behavior and the various social security schemes. By measuring the implicit tax/subsidy rate on work after 55 through these schemes, we can so explain the actual pattern of early and normal retirement of Belgian older workers.

Published: Social Security and Retirement in Belgium, Pierre Pestieau, Jean-Philippe Stijns. in Social Security and Retirement around the World, Gruber and Wise. 1999

 
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