Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183186
Authors: 
Komada, Oliwia
Strzelecki, Pawel
Tyrowicz, Joanna
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics 10/2018
Abstract: 
The reform introduced in Poland in 2009 substantially and abruptly reduced the number of workers eligible for early retirement. This paper evaluates the causal effects of this reform on labor force participation and exit to retirement. We use rich rotating panel from the Polish Labor Force Survey and exploit the discontinuity imposed by this reform. We find a statistically significant, but economically small discontinuity at the timing of the reform. The placebo test shows no similar effects in earlier or later quarters, but in a vast majority of specifications the discontinuity is not larger for the treated individuals, i.e. those whose occupation lost eligibility. We interpret these results as follows: the changes in the eligibility criteria were not instrumental in fostering the participation rates among the affected cohort, i.e. the immediate contribution to increased labor force participation of these cohorts is not economically large.
Subjects: 
retirement age
early retirement
regression discontinuity
Poland
JEL: 
J14
J26
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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