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Public pension programmes and the retirement of married couples in Denmark
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9244-7018
2007 (English)In: Journal of Public Economics, ISSN 0047-2727, E-ISSN 1879-2316, Vol. 91, no 10, 1878-1901 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we study the economic determinants of the joint retirement process of married couples. We propose a tractable dynamic discrete choice model for retirement decisions which allows for non-trivial saving behaviour. We estimate the model on a 1% sample of Danish couples of potential retirement age drawn from a population-based administrative register. The introduction and subsequent reforms of a publicly financed early retirement programme provide us with variation in the data to insure identification of the parameters of interest: the elasticities of participation/retirement with respect to income flows. Our estimates imply a significant asymmetry in the sensitivity of retirement behaviour of men and women with respect to variation in their own, or their spouse's, income flows.

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Elsevier, 2007. Vol. 91, no 10, 1878-1901 p.
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Retirement, Pensions, Dynamic structural model
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80566DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2007.09.006OAI: diva2:650413

Special Issue published in cooperation with the National Bureau of Economic Research and Uppsala University: Proceedings of the Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar on Public Policy and Retirement Behavior June 12-14 2006 — TAPES 2006 Special Issue

Available from: 2013-09-20 Created: 2013-09-20 Last updated: 2014-01-14Bibliographically approved

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