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An Age Perspective on Economic Well-Being and Social Protection in Nine OECD Countries

Thai-Thanh Dang, Herwig Immervoll (), Daniela Mantovani, Kristian Orsini () and Holly Sutherland

No 34, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: For a number of reasons, incomes vary strongly with age. The nature of this variation is of interest for a wide range of policy purposes. Since age structures differ across countries, knowledge about the incomes earned by different age groups is also necessary for understanding and interpreting international comparisons of overall inequality. This paper quantifies the economic well-being of different age groups and the extent to which they rely on incomes from public and private sources. The analysis aims at establishing how social benefits, and the taxes needed to finance them, affect income levels and income disparities across different age groups. Results are compared across nine OECD countries. Les revenus varient grandement avec l’âge pour un certain nombre de raisons. La nature de ces variations est intéressante à plus d’un égard à des fins politiques. Comme la structure des âges diffère d’un pays à l’autre, l’information relative aux revenus perçus par les différents groupes d’âge est aussi nécessaire pour comprendre et interpréter les comparaisons internationales de l’inégalité. Ce document quantifie le bien-être économique des différents groupes d’âge et montre dans quelle mesure ces derniers dépendent de revenus provenant de sources publiques et privées. L’analyse tend à établir comment les prestations sociales, ainsi que les impôts et contributions sociales devant les financer, influencent les niveaux et les disparités des revenus parmi différents groupes d’âge. Le document compare les résultats pour neuf pays de l’OCDE.

JEL-codes: C81 D31 H22 H55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-06-09
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