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Retirement and the Poverty of the Elderly: The Case of Portugal

Paula Albuquerque (), Manuela Arcanjo (), Vítor Escária (), Francisco Nunes () and Jose Pereirinha ()

Journal of Income Distribution, 2010, vol. 19, issue 3-4, 41-64

Abstract: This article discusses whether transition to retirement may be associated with a greater probability of becoming poor. Having recourse to the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) for Portugal, the analysis is focused on a sample of individuals who retired in the period 1994-2001. Longitudinal analysis focuses upon income changes upon entering retirement. We relate the dynamics of household income changes for people who retire to personal and household characteristics. A multivariate probit model of the probability of low income at the time of retirement, conditional on not having a low income prior to retirement, is then put forward.

Keywords: retirement; poverty dynamics; Portugal; old age social protection; income mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 J14 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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