Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58904
Authors: 
Filges, Trine
Larsen, Mona
Pedersen, Peder J.
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6538
Abstract: 
The paper studies the impact from variations in unemployment on retirement among older workers. We integrate unemployment variations with early retirement programs and other pathways out of the labor force. The paper describes retirement programs, policy changes, labor force participation among older workers and presents a new estimate of the trend in the average age of retirement. Individual panel data for the last 25 years are used in estimations of the impact from individual unemployment on the retirement decision. Unemployment is found highly significant and quantitatively important for the retirement decision. We conclude that there is a clear risk of a cyclical downturn resulting in a more long run reduction in productive capacity with negative consequences for the budget of the public sector.
Subjects: 
unemployment
labor force participation
retirement
JEL: 
E32
J21
J26
J64
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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