EUROPEAN PAPERS ON THE NEW WELFARE

Comments on Working Longer: Comprehensiveness, Timeliness and Gradualness of Reforms

Working longer is an essential ingredient of the adaptation of our societies to the challenges posed by increased longevity. Working longer as a response to living longer trends is both feasible and optimal. This is because to a large extent the increase in longevity has also implied a postponement, over the life cycle, of many health impediments. Moreover, preventing those defects over the life cycle is potentially much more fruitful than reacting to them through early retirement policies or the provision of disability allowances.
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