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Labour Mobility, Pension Portability and the Lack of Lock-In Effects

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  • Erik Hernaes

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research (Frisch), Oslo University and ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales)

  • John Piggott

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    (ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales)

  • Ola Lotherington Vestad

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research (Frisch), Oslo University)

  • Tao Zhang

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research (Frisch), Oslo University)

Abstract

This paper revisits the question of whether defined benefit pension plans inhibit labour mobility. Using national register data for three distinct periods, we define and calculate a measure of changes in individual pension entitlements which we term potential portability gain. Estimation results indicate that the effect of portability gains on the propensity to change jobs is either weak or non-existent, and there are no signs of gains or losses in pension entitlements being reflected in wages for job changes.

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Paper provided by ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales in its series Working Papers with number 201101.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:asb:wpaper:201101

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Keywords: Labour market mobility; defined benefit occupational pensions; matched employer-employee register data;

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  1. Ashok Thomas & Luca Spataro, 2013. "Pension funds and Market Efficiency: A review," Discussion Papers 2013/164, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

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