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Should the economic life course be redesigned? Old age security in a time of transition

Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement

Author: Myles, J., Street, D.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1995


Sets Canada's debate on old-age pension reform in the context of the current politics of debt. The system in place from the 1950s-1970s & its goals, accomplishments, & failures are reviewed. The new social, economic, & political conditions that challenge it today are discussed, as are the assumptions & models underlying two widely promoted alternatives: the conservative strategy of privatization & provision of income-tested benefits to low-income elderly, & the progressive emphasis on a redesign of the welfare state to allow for a more flexible model of retirement & economic life course. It is concluded that changes in morbidity, mortality, labor market structure, & the age distribution of risk have heterogenized the older population, requiring more than a single retirement option - a legitimate demand for a redesigned welfare state has resulted. A social investment strategy is recommended.

Further Details

Full Title: Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement
Pages: 335-359
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Accession Number: 23.5.03
Keywords: North America, older, security
Reads: 217