A Quantitative Investigation of the Laffer Curve on the Continued Work Tax: The French Case

37 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2005

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Jean-Olivier Hairault

Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

François Langot

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP); Université du Maine - Groupe d' Analyse des Itineraires et Niveaux Salariaux (GAINS); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thepthida Sopraseuth

Université du Maine; University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP)

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

It is often argued that the tax on continued work should be removed by implementing actuarially fair schemes. However, these schemes cannot help fund the expected Social Security deficit. This paper proposes to give individuals only a fraction of the marginal actuarially fair incentives in case of postponed retirement. Social Security then faces a trade-off between giving enough incentives to make individuals actually delay retirement and giving little increase in pensions in order to help finance its expected deficit. This trade-off is captured by a Laffer curve that we quantify on French data. Furthermore, we analyze the interactions between wealth and retirement behavior.

Keywords: retirement behavior and wealth, actuarially fair benefits

JEL Classification: H31, H55, J26

Suggested Citation

Hairault, Jean-Olivier and Langot, Francois and Sopraseuth, Thepthida, A Quantitative Investigation of the Laffer Curve on the Continued Work Tax: The French Case (February 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1499. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=673447

Jean-Olivier Hairault

Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne ( email )

12, place du Panthéon
Paris, IL
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Francois Langot

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP) ( email )

Ecole Normale Superieure
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France

Université du Maine - Groupe d' Analyse des Itineraires et Niveaux Salariaux (GAINS) ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Thepthida Sopraseuth (Contact Author)

Université du Maine ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP)

Ecole Normale Superieure
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France

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