Killing me softly: work and mortality among French seniors
AbstractThis paper investigates the impact of the retirement age and working life on mortality over 64 years old. In 1993, the French government gradually increased incentives to work for seniors. This exogenous shock on labor supply is an instrument for retirement choices of French pensioners. We use this exogenous shock to measure how work impacts male mortality. We work on the Echantillon Interrégime des Retraités, an administrative panel data set which provides information on past contribution to the pension system and mortality at two points of time. We find that delaying the retirement age by one year increases the chances of dying within four years by 2.45 percentage points which is equivalent to a decrease of life expectancy at age 64 by around 2.6 months. However, this effect is far from homogeneous if we split our sample by income groups.
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Date of creation: Aug 2013
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Publication status: Published in HEDG working paper, 2013
Retirement; mortality; pension reform;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGE-2013-12-06 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2013-12-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEM-2013-12-06 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2013-12-06 (Health Economics)
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