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Pension Portability and Labour Mobility in the United States. New Evidence from the SIPP Data

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  • Vincenzo Andrietti

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    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

  • Vincent Hildebrand

    (vincent@econ.yorku.ca)

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We explore the role of employer provided pensions on jobmobility choices using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Defined benefit plans are found to have a significant negative effect on mobility. However, we find no significant evidence that the potential pension portability losses deter job mobility among workers covered by these plans. We also find that the portability policy change implemented by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 had only minor effects on mobility. Puzzlingly, defined contribution plans, although fully portable, are found to have an impact similar to defined benefit plans. Evidence of compensation premiums accruing to workers in pension, union and health insurance covered jobs supports the view that workers are less likely to leave ”good jobs”.

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Paper provided by Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin (Italy) in its series CeRP Working Papers with number 10.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:crp:wpaper:10

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  1. Vincenzo Andrietti & Vincent A. Hildebrand, 2006. "Evaluating Pension Portability Reforms: The Tax Reform Act of 1986 as a Natural Experiment," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 160, McMaster University.
  2. Lee, Jongsu & Kim, Yeonbae & Lee, Jeong-Dong & Park, Yuri, 2006. "Estimating the extent of potential competition in the Korean mobile telecommunications market: Switching costs and number portability," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 107-124, January.

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