Note: This is post #104 in a weekly video series on basic economics.
An important factor influencing an individual’s decision whether to keep working as they get older is their government’s tax and retirement policies. Taxes on earnings plus penalties, like losing retirement benefits, gives us an implicit tax rate, explains economist Alex Tabarrok. Countries with higher implicit tax rates for older workers see a much lower labor force participation rate for people considered retirement age.
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