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Commuting and timing of retirement
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), 164 90 Stockholm. (Economic Policy Network)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9587-9000
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE). (Economic Policy Network / ALC)
2016 (English)In: The annals of regional science, ISSN 0570-1864, E-ISSN 1432-0592, Vol. 56, no 1, 125-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interregional commuting is an important feature of labour supply and regional labour market adjustment. In this study, we examine the effect of long-distance commuting (LDC) on timing of retirement. Previous research indicates negative health effects and substantial disutility of commuting. Potentially, this may affect the labour supply of older workers via early retirement. Longitudinal population register data from Sweden on employed older workers are used for semi-parametric estimation of survival in the labour force. The results for men indicate shorter survival in the labour force/ earlier retirement for LDCs, primarily among men with high education. For women, there is no evidence of LDC being associated with early retirement. For women with high education, there are indications of longer survival in the labour force among the commuters. The seemingly contradictory results for the highly educated may be due to gender differences in commuting distances and socio-economic attributes of commuters.

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Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2016. Vol. 56, no 1, 125-152 p.
Keyword [en]
Commuting, Retirement, Geographical Mobility, Older Workers
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Economics
Research subject
Economics; Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111303DOI: 10.1007/s00168-015-0723-8ISI: 000373579900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111303DiVA: diva2:869048
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ALC
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Swedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1010
Available from: 2015-11-12 Created: 2015-11-12 Last updated: 2016-07-28Bibliographically approved

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