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Partial Retirement and the Earnings Test

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  • Zweimuller, Josef

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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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Paper provided by Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley in its series Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series with number qt1gq8c1t2.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 1992
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:indrel:qt1gq8c1t2

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Keywords: Zweimuller; retirement; earning test;

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  1. Crawford, Vincent P & Lilien, David M, 1981. "Social Security and the Retirement Decision," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 96(3), pages 505-29, August.
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Cited by:
  1. Kantarci, T., 2012. "Essays on partial retirement," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5637281, Tilburg University.
  2. Falkinger, Josef & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf & Zweimüller, Josef, 1994. "Retirement of Spouses and Social Security Reform," CEPR Discussion Papers 855, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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