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Partial retirement and the earnings test

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  • Josef Zweimüller

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This paper studies the effects of the earnings test on retirement behavior. The earnings tests of most social security systems tax post-retirement earnings at a relatively high level and do not lead to actuarially fair increases in future benefits. This results in discouragement of partial retirement. The paper shows that a reduction in the earnings test's tax rate is likely to increase part-time work; and that in special cases the increase in work effort may even lead to a reduction in the net transfer from social security to the individual.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Economics Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie.

Volume (Year): 57 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 295-303

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:57:y:1993:i:3:p:295-303

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  1. Zweimuller, Josef & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf & Falkinger, Josef, 1996. "Retirement of spouses and social security reform," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 449-472, February.
  2. Kantarci, T., 2012. "Essays on partial retirement," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5637281, Tilburg University.

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