Commuting and timing of retirement
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2016. Vol. 56, no 1, 125-152 p.
Commuting, Retirement, Geographical Mobility, Older Workers
Research subject Economics; Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111303DOI: 10.1007/s00168-015-0723-8ISI: 000373579900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111303DiVA: diva2:869048
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1010