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

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  • Andrietti, Vincenzo

    (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid and CeRP, University of Turin)

  • Hildebrand, Vincent

    (York University, Toronto and CEPS/INSTEAD)

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We explore the role of employer provided pensions on job mobility 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 IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD in its series IRISS Working Paper Series with number 2001-03.

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Keywords: Labour mobility ; Pension portability ; Switching regression models;

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  1. 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.
  2. Vincenzo Andrietti & Vincent Hildebrand, 2004. "Evaluating Pension Portability Reforms. The Tax Reform Act Of 1986 As A Natural Experiment," Economics Working Papers we045220, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía.

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