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Work Capacity and Longer Working Lives in Belgium

Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre

Chapter in NBER book Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: The Capacity to Work at Older Ages (2017), David A. Wise, editor (p. 35 - 58)
Published in May 2017 by University of Chicago Press
© 2017 by the National Bureau of Economic Research
in NBER Book Series - International Social Security

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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This chapter first appeared as NBER working paper w21970, Work Capacity and Longer Working Lives in Belgium, Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre
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