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Social Security Earnings Test and the Labour Supply of the Elderly: New Evidence from Unique Survey Responses in Japan

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  • Satoshi Shimizutani

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This study proposes an alternative approach of utilizing direct responses to a survey on the social security earnings test for the elderly to provide new evidence on the sensitivity of the labor supply decision of workers aged between 60 and 64 with respect to the test. Our empirical results show a discouraging effect on working in a large proportion of these workers in Japan, even after correcting for the observed attributes of individuals who reported to be either affected or unaffected.

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Article provided by Japanese Economic Association in its journal Japanese Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 64 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 399-413

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jecrev:v:64:y:2013:i:3:p:399-413

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  1. Shimizutani, Satoshi & Oshio, Takashi, 2013. "Revisiting the labor supply effect of social security earnings test: New evidence from its elimination and reinstatement in Japan," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 99-111.
  2. Satoshi Shimizutani & Takashi Oshio & Mayu Fujii, 2014. "Option Value of Work, Health Status, and Retirement Decisions in Japan: Evidence from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR)," NBER Working Papers 20001, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. SHIMIZUTANI Satoshi & FUJII Mayu & OSHIO Takashi, 2012. "Option Value of Work, Health Status, and Retirement Decisions: New evidence from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR)," Discussion papers 12050, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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