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Late-career risks in changing welfare states: comparing Germany and the United States since the 1980s

Late-career risks in changing welfare states: comparing Germany and the United States since the 1980s

Heisig, Jan Paul, author

Motivated by debates about welfare state retrenchment and growing economic insecurity, the author provides an in-depth account of national differences in key social programmes and of crucial changes since the 1980s. To better understand their impact on the lives of ordinary citizens, he examines household panel data to assess financial consequences of late-career job loss and retirement in the two countries

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Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Jan Paul Heisig
ISBN: 9048523656, 9789048523658, 9789089646774
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (335 pages).
Series: Changing Welfare States
Subject: Public welfare Germany.; United States.; POLITICAL SCIENCE General.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Social Services & Welfare.; Welfare state Germany.; Public welfare.; Germany.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Human Services.; Welfare state.; Welfare state United States.; Public welfare United States.
Series Title: Changing welfare states.


  1. Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Part I
  2. Background; 1. Introduction; 1.1 Why compare Germany and the United States?; 1.2 Why study income mobility around job loss and retirement?; 1.3 Overview of the study; 2. Welfare state change and income mobility: a framework; 2.1 Income mobility: relevance, limitations, and empirical approaches; 2.2 Income mobility around adverse life events
  3. a framework; 2.3 The focal events: job loss and retirement; 3. Institutional context and social policy change; 3.1 Macroeconomic context; 3.2 Differences and trends in the employment levels of older people.
  4. 3.3 Institutional context and the (re)employment prospects of older workers3.4 Differences and changes in public and employment-based protection; 3.5 Female labor force participation and earnings arrangements; 3.6 Summary; 4. Data and Methods; 4.1 Conceptual framework and analytic strategy; 4.2 Implementation of did matching and compositional adjustments; 4.3 Data and key measures; Part II
  5. Economic consequences of retirement; 5. Literature review and research questions; 5.1 Why should economic well-being change at retirement?
  6. 5.2 Institutional context and income changes at retirement: research questions and hypotheses5.3 Previous research on income change at retirement; 6. The changing economic consequences of retirement; 6.1 Retirement patterns and economic situation of non-working individuals; 6.2 Sample characteristics and details of estimation approach; 6.3 Income changes around exit from work; 6.4 Summary and conclusions; 6.5 Additional results; Part III
  7. Economic consequences of late-career job loss; 7. Literature review and research questions.
  8. 7.1 Employment, earnings and household income after late-career job loss7.2 Institutional context and the impact of late-career job loss on employment and income: research questions and hypotheses; 7.3 Previous empirical research; 8. The changing economic consequences of late-career job loss; 8.1 Sample characteristics and details of estimation approach; 8.2 Empirical results; 8.3 Summary and conclusions; 8.4 Additional results; Part IV
  9. Conclusion; 9. Conclusion; 9.1 Key findings: welfare regimes and the 'Great Risk Shift' revisited; 9.2 Implications and directions for future research.