Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/19006
Authors: 
Dorn, David
Sousa-Poza, Alfonso
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 1542
Abstract: 
Early retirement is usually explained as a supply-side phenomenon. However, early retirement can also be a demand-side phenomenon arising from a firm's profit maximization behavior. This paper analyzes voluntary and involuntary early retirement based on international microdata covering 19 industrialized countries. The results indicate that generous early retirement provisions of the social security system do not only make voluntary early retirement more attractive for individuals, but also induce firms to encourage more employees to retire early. In particular, firms seem to use early retirement to reduce staff during economic recessions and as a means to circumvent employment protection legislation.
Subjects: 
early retirement
involuntary early retirement
social security
pensions
JEL: 
J26
J22
J21
J14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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