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Reforming Early Retirement in Europe, Japan and the USA

Bernhard Ebbinghaus


Since the 1970s, early exit from work has become a major challenge in modern welfare states. Governments, employers, and unions alike once thought of early retirement as a peaceful solution to the economic problems of mass unemployment and industrial restructuring. Today, governments and international organizations advocate the postponement of retirement and an increase in activity among older workers. Comparing eight European countries, the USA, and Japan, this book demonstrates significant cross-national differences in early retirement across countries and over time. The study evaluates the ... More

Keywords: early retirement, employment regimes, institutional change, industrial relations, production systems, public policy, social partnership, employers, trade unions, welfare regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199286116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernhard Ebbinghaus, author
Chair in Macrosociology, University of Mannheim
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