Social Security in Belgium: Distributive Outcomes

29 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2005

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Alain Jousten

University of Liege; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Netspar; International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Mathieu Lefèbvre

University of Strasbourg

Sergio Perelman

University of Liege - Department of Economics

Pierre Pestieau

University of Liege - Research Center on Public and Population Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

The paper analyzes the link between old-age income programs and economic outcomes in Belgium. We use a simulation methodology to construct an average pension generosity variable. Our regression analysis explores the link with distributional outcomes in income, consumption and more subjective indicators. Results document the weak link between average generosity and distributional outcomes across a heterogeneous population.

Keywords: pensions, inequality, social security, elderly

JEL Classification: H31, H55, I31, I32

Suggested Citation

Jousten, Alain and Lefèbvre, Mathieu and Perelman, Sergio and Pestieau, Pierre, Social Security in Belgium: Distributive Outcomes (February 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1486. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=670155

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