EUROPEAN PAPERS ON THE NEW WELFARE

Archive for January, 2009

Potential Labor Supply and Flexible Work Options for All Workers: An Exploratory Essay

Abstract

To encourage older people to work longer is a worthy goal. But it would not stem the impending worker shortage due to baby boomer retirement. There is a need therefore to draw more workers from among young people, women, persons with disabilities, as well as older workers.
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Pension System Reforms and Trade Union Policies Overview of Eu — Western Europe

Abstract

Demographic, economic and societal changes over the next 50 years will affect pension systems in many different ways.
Developing countries are expected to face rapid population growth.
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The Transition to Retirement: A Problem or a Resource?

1. The Reasons Behind the Research

In the early 1950s most old people did not have a seniority pension1 and the levels of active employment remained high even after age 65. Today instead, the vast majority of the elderly, particularly males, do have seniority or old age pensions. Also in 1950-51 average life expectancy and the average retirement age coincided, both being at around 65 years. Currently the former is calculated to be around 78 years, while the latter is, as a rule, below 60.
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Intertwining of Ageing and Sustainability in Eastern Europe

Abstract

According to a recent World Bank report most East European countries are expected to experience a population shrinking and aging by 2025. They call this effect a transition from red to gray. An analysis of the sustainability of this demographic transition is presented here. We demonstrate that in order to mitigate most of the negative effects of this transition it must be accompanied by the building of a knowledge-based society.
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The European Social Pension: A Theoretical Exercise

Abstract

The innovative work of Atkinson et al. (2002) put forward the idea of establishing a European Minimum Pension, which required that all current pensioners with incomes below this minimum standard would be brought up to the limit by a supplementary pension, financed by the corresponding Member State. In this article it is suggested that the supplementary pension be named European Social Pension and be provided by the EU, with a corresponding increase in the EU Fiscal Budget.
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Editorial: “New Age for All Ages”: The Counter-Ageing Society

It is fitting for the last year of the millennium to be the International Year of Older Persons, with the theme “towards a society for all ages” — a society that does not caricature older persons as pensioners, but sees them as both agents and beneficiaries of development”.*
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Editorial: Welfare and the Wealth of Nations

With this issue of the European Papers on the New Welfare, we again try to stimulate research, discussion and pratical solutions on one of the key issues of our society: the lengthening of the life cycle which little by little is extending the world over. The present financial turmoil is also adding particular significance to the subject, and we would like here to stress some major points:

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