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The Value of Phased Retirement

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  • Steven G. Allen

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This paper examines how phased retirement plans in higher education create value for both the institution and individual faculty, based upon evidence from the Survey of Changes in Faculty Retirement Policies and an in-depth case study of the University of North Carolina system. Faculty benefit by receiving improved opportunities for part-time work and by having the ability to make a smoother transition to retirement. The policy is clearly of great value to the 25 to 35 percent of UNC faculty who opt for phased over full retirement. The biggest payoff to the university is an increase in the odds that low-performing faculty will start the retirement process earlier. Universities also anticipate increased flexibility in managing faculty employment and compensation; phased retirement is most likely to be observed on campuses where a high percentage of faculty has tenure.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10531.

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Date of creation: May 2004
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Publication status: published as Clark, Robert L. and Jennifer Ma. Recruitment, Retention and Retirement in Higher Education: Building and Managing the Faculty of the Future. Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, MA: Elgar, 2005.
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  1. John Pencavel, 2004. "Faculty Retirement Incentives by Colleges and Universities," Discussion Papers, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research 03-028, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
  2. Steven G. Allen & Robert L. Clark & Linda S. Ghent, 2003. "Phasing Into Retirement," NBER Working Papers 9779, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Lachowska, Marta & Sundén, Annika & Wadensjö, Eskil, 2009. "The Impact of a Phased Retirement Program: A Case Study," IZA Discussion Papers 4284, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Wadensjö, Eskil, 2006. "Part-Time Pensions and Part-Time Work in Sweden," IZA Discussion Papers 2273, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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