Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125928
Authors: 
Eibich, Peter
Year of Publication: 
Sep-2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Health Economics [ISSN:] 0167-6296 [Volume:] 43 [Pages:] 1-12
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the mechanisms behind the health effects of retirement. Using a Regression Discontinuity Design to exploit financial incentives in the German pension system for identification, I find that retirement improves subjective health status and mental health, while also reducing outpatient care utilization. I explore a wide range of health behaviors, time use, and effect heterogeneity as potential mechanisms. Relief from work-related stress and strain, increased sleep duration as well as more frequent physical exercise seem to be key mechanisms through which retirement affects health.
Subjects: 
Retirement
Health
Regression Discontinuity Design
Health behavior
Healthcare
JEL: 
I12
J14
J26
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Additional Information: 
This is the preprint of an article published in Journal of Health Economics 43 (2015), pp. 1-12, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2015.05.001
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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