We estimate, using French administrative data from the “Échantillon Interrégimes des Retraités” (all-regime pensioner sample), the differential mortality between 1997 and 2001 of the generationsbornbetween1906and 1930 according to the size of retirement pension. Differential mortality is significant for men but not for women. In the sample, a doubling of income leads to a decrease in the instantaneous mortality rate of around 10% for men. An illustrative calculation shows that while differential mortality does not call into question from an income standpoint the redistributive character of the French pension system, it nevertheless seems to have a significant impact on its amplitude.
- differential mortality
- pension system