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October 2004
Vol. 5, no. 10

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Low-paid workers: How many live in low-income families?
Lucy Chung

Low wages need not mean economic hardshipfor example, in the case of young people living with their parents or spouses who are secondary earners. However, some groups such as recent immigrants, lone mothers, and unattached individuals are at risk. Who were the low-wage earners in 2000, what proportion lived in low-income families, and how did the situation change between 1980 and 2000?

Retaining older workers
René Morissette, Grant Schellenberg and Cynthia Silver

Given the large number of people nearing the traditional age of retirement, concerns have been expressed about the social and economic consequences of a mass exit from the labour force. If mandatory retirement policies were eliminated or if older workers were offered incentives such as part-time work or increased vacation leave, would they remain on the job?

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