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Public pension institutions and old-age mortality in comparative perspective
Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University and Institute for Future Studies, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 19, no Supplement 1, 121-130 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to estimate the impact ofchanges in pension rights on old-age mortality. Wemade a distinction between two dimensions of pensionbenefits, one of providing basic security (BASIC), andthe other of providing income security (INCOME).Analyses were based on data for 18 OECD countriesduring the post-war period. The outcome comprisedold-age excess mortality, defined as the ratio of themortality rate 65+ to the mortality rate in the agegroup 30–59 years. The latter was regarded as a proxyfor unobserved factors potentially related to old-agemortality as well as pension rights. The pooled crosssectionaltime series data were analysed through fixedeffects modelling. The results suggest that BASIC (butnot INCOME) has a beneficial impact on old-ageexcess mortality, which was statistically significant.We interpret the results in terms of the povertyreducingeffects of pension entitlements with a basicsecurity orientation.

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Oxford: Blackwell , 2010. Vol. 19, no Supplement 1, 121-130 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132457DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2010.00731.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132457DiVA: diva2:358066
Available from: 2010-10-20 Created: 2010-10-20 Last updated: 2011-10-19Bibliographically approved

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