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wchurchill, the early retirement statistics (which I thematised a lot without numbers in previous months) were interesting.

One more thing others haven't commented on:

An additional problem for France is that on the front end of the age groups, the 15-24 year olds, France's admirable policy of free higher end education plus other factors leads to only a 26% participation rate, versus 39% for the EU15 and 54% for the US.

Why is this a problem in your eyes?


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 04:53:39 AM EST
Because youths shouldn't be studying, but working their ass off to pay for iPods, sports cars and champagne baths?
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 04:56:08 AM EST
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Clearly studying does not improve the GDP, but binge drinking does!

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 05:17:22 AM EST
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Hey, you know as well as I do that the American economy is built on binge drinkers.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 09:28:58 AM EST
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So you're saying that students get plastered to compensate for not producing?  There is a moral obligation for them to hit the bottle? I like your thinking and propose a toast!
by Guillaume on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 09:52:45 AM EST
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a problem in the context of the specific discussion,,,, not providing workers from the 15-24 year old group, at the same rate as other economies, to replace a high rate of attrition of the 55--64 year olds.  Maybe my intent would have been clearer had I said:
Ironically, an additional problem for France is that on the front end of the age groups, the 15-24 year olds, France's admirable policy of free higher end education plus other factors leads to only a 26% participation rate, versus 39% for the EU15 and 54% for the US.
But I thought the use of the word "admirable" would have conveyed my intent.  It's not uncommon for good policies to have costs that show up elsewhere.  It doesn't mean they are not good policies.
by wchurchill on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 02:04:35 PM EST
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