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How Does Retirement Affect Health?

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  • Behncke, Stefanie

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    (Swiss National Bank)

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This paper investigates the effects of retirement on various health outcomes. Data stem from the first three waves of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). With this informative data, non-parametric matching methods can be applied to identify causal effects. It is found that retirement significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with a chronic condition. In particular, it raises the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease and being diagnosed with cancer. Estimates also indicate that retirement has quite diverse effects for different individuals.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4253.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: published as 'Does retirement trigger ill health?' in: Health Economics, 2012, 21 (3), 282 - 300
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4253

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Keywords: retirement; matching methods; health; ELSA;

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Cited by:
  1. Peter Hicks, 2012. "Later Retirement: the Win-Win Solution," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 345, March.
  2. Maes, Marjan & Stammen, Benjamin, 2011. "The impact of (early) retirement on the subsequent physical and mental health of the retired: a survey among general practitioners in Belgium," Working Papers 2011/03, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  3. Frank van Erp & Niels Vermeer & Daniel van Vuuren, 2013. "Non-financial determinants of retirement," CPB Discussion Paper 243, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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