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Social security, economic development and the labor force participation of the elderly in Latin America

Bernardo Queiroz

No 490, Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG from Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Abstract: In this paper I investigate labor force participation of older males in Latin America. The empirical analysis is divided in two parts. First, I use household survey data from twenty-three (23) Latin American and the Caribbean countries, from around 2005, to perform a cross-country analysis on labor force participation focusing on differences rural and urban status, formal and informal relation to the labor market and coverage of public pension programs. I also use the data to show different patterns by income level and stage of the demographic transition to describe historical trends in labor force participation rates of older workers. The second part of the paper, I use data on the 23 Latin American countries to investigate the effects of economic development and social security system in the labor force participation of the elderly for the past 30 years.

Keywords: labor force participation; economic development elderly; social security; retirement; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J10 J11 J14 J18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2013-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dem, nep-dev, nep-iue, nep-lab, nep-lam and nep-lma
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