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Desirable misuse of unemployment benefits: the economics of “Canada Dry” retirement

Desirable misuse of unemployment benefits: the economics of “Canada Dry” retirement,Helmuth CREMER,Jean-Marie LOZACHMEUR,Pierre PESTIEAU

Desirable misuse of unemployment benefits: the economics of “Canada Dry” retirement  
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The 'Canada Dry' pensions system is in some countries one of the frequent routes to early retirement. It constitutes an informal substitute for early retirement programs. Accordingly, firms lay off aged workers they find costly for what they produce and, to get their support, supplement unemployment benefits by some extra compensation that is paid until formal retirement. Whether the government cannot or does not want to stop these practises is not clear. In this paper we show that these practices may effectively be welfare improving. In other words, it may desirable to tolerate (or even encourage) some 'abusive' uses of unemployment compensation schemes."
Published in 2006.
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