Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149181
Authors: 
Stancanelli, Elena G. F.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10322
Abstract: 
Retirement policies are individually designed but the majority of people of retirement age live as couples. We estimate the effects of a French pension reform on spouses' employment decisions. We use labor-force survey data, pooled over different years, on fifty thousand French couples and apply a regression discontinuity framework, also controlling for couple's unobserved heterogeneity. We conclude that the reform immediately reduced both spouses' retirement probability. The wife's retirement probability also drops by 1 to 4 percentage points if the husband is hit by the reform, and vice-versa. Instrumenting spousal retirement with legal retirement age, own retirement probability rises by 2 to 6 percentage points upon spousal retirement.
Subjects: 
policy evaluation
retirement
ageing
JEL: 
J14
C1
C36
D04
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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