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Labour Supply Effects of a Subsidised Old-Age Part-Time Scheme in Austria

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  • Graf, Nikolaus

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    (IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

  • Hofer, Helmut

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    (IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

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    (University of Linz)

Abstract

In this paper we evaluate the impact of the old-age part-time scheme (OAPT) on the Austrian labour market which was a policy to allow flexible retirement options for the elderly with an aim to increase labour supply. According to our matching estimates employment probability increases slightly, especially in the first two years after entrance into the programme. Furthermore, the programme seems to reduce the measured unemployment risk. However, the total number of hours worked is significantly reduced by OAPT. While the policy is meant to reduce early exit from the labour force by allowing part-time work, our analysis indicates that most workers substitute part-time work for full-time work and thus the overall effect is rather negative.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4239.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: published in: Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung/Journal for Labour Market Research, 2011, 44 (3), 217-229
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4239

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Keywords: nearest neighbour matching; labour supply of the elderly; evaluation of labour market programmes;

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  1. Boockmann, Bernhard & Fries, Jan & Göbel, Christian, 2012. "Specific measures for older employees and late career employment," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-059, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Freund, Inga & Mahlberg, Bernhard & Prskawetz, Alexia, 2011. "A matched employer-employee panel data set for Austria: 2002 - 2005," ECON WPS - Vienna University of Technology Working Papers in Economic Theory and Policy 01/2011, Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Mathematical Methods in Economics, Research Group Economics (ECON).
  3. Johann K. Brunner & Bernd Hoffmann, 2010. "Versicherungsmathematisch korrekte Pensionsabschläge," Economics working papers 2010-13, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  4. Tibor Hanappi, 2012. "Retirement Behaviour in Austria: Incentive Effects on Old-Age Labor Supply," NRN working papers 2012-13, The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

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