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Contributions to social security in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay: Densities, transitions and duration

Alvaro Foteza, Ignacio Apella, Eduardo Fajnzylber, Carlos Grushka, Ianina Rossi () and Graciela Sanromán
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Alvaro Foteza: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
Carlos Grushka: Superintendency of AFJP, Argentina
Graciela Sanromán: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Alvaro Javier Forteza ()

Económica, 2011, vol. LVII, 127-163

Abstract: Pension programs in Latin America have low coverage. We use large panel databases coming from administrative records of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay to characterize the histories of contribution of the population. We compute three indicators: density of contribution, transition rates and duration of the spells of contribution and no contribution. The picture that emerges is worrisome. The density of contributions is low on average and pretty heterogeneous across the population. The spells of contribution are short and interruptions are frequent. Transition rates are higher at early ages and tend to decline later in life, indicating high turnover among young individuals.

Keywords: Density of contributions; pensions; work history. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 J14 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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