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The Effects of Pension Rights and Retirement Age on Training Participation: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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  • Montizaan, Raymond

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    (ROA, Maastricht University)

  • Cörvers, Frank

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    (ROA, Maastricht University)

  • de Grip, Andries

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    (ROA, Maastricht University)

Abstract

This paper uses a natural experiment approach to identify the effects of an exogenous change in future pension benefits on workers' training participation. We use unique matched survey and administrative data for male employees in the Dutch public sector who were born in 1949 or 1950. Only the latter were subject to a major pension reform that diminished their pension rights. We find that this exogenous shock to pension rights postpones expected retirement and increases participation in training courses among older employees, although exclusively for those employed in large organizations.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4462.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2010, 17 (1), 240-247
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  1. Sahlgren, Gabriel H., 2012. "Work ‘til You Drop: Short- and Longer-Term Health Effects of Retirement in Europe," Working Paper Series 928, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  2. Pierre-Jean Messe & Benedicte Rouland, 2012. "Stricter employment protection and firms’ incentives to train: The case of French older workers," TEPP Working Paper 2012-04, TEPP.
  3. Picchio, Matteo & van Ours, Jan C, 2011. "Retaining through training; even for older workers," CEPR Discussion Papers 8320, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Messe, Pierre-Jean & Rouland, Bénédicte, 2012. "Stricter employment protection and firms’ incentives to sponsor training: The case of French older workers," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) 1206, CEPREMAP.
  5. Brunello, Giorgio & Comi, Simona, 2013. "The Side Effect of Pension Reforms on Training: Evidence from Italy," IZA Discussion Papers 7755, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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