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Financial Incentives in the Austrian PAYG-Pension System: Micro-Estimation

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  • Roman Raab

    (Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway)

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The scope of this paper is to investigate the impact of financial incentives on the retirement decision of private sector workers in Austria.How do financial incentives embedded in the Austrian pension system impact individual retirement behavior? We are using a unique dataset of individual social insurance spells. Micro-estimating the impact of financial incentives on the probability of retirement shows that the behavioral response to financial incentives in Austria is relatively large in international comparison. Also, there are striking behavioral differences between men and women. Using the estimates to simulate the response to reform shows that actual retirement ages could be most successfully brought up by a 6 percentage point deduction in pension benefits per year of early retirement.

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Paper provided by National University of Ireland Galway, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0144.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 2009
Date of revision: 2009
Handle: RePEc:nig:wpaper:0144

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Keywords: Models with Panel Data; Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Social Security and Public Pensions; Time Allocation and Labour Supply; Retirement and Retirement Policies Algorithmic Trading; MACD;

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  1. Eichhorst, Werner & Gerard, Maarten & Kendzia, Michael J. & Mayrhuber, Christine & Nielsen, Conny & Rünstler, Gerhard & Url, Thomas, 2011. "Report No. 42: Pension Systems in the EU – Contingent Liabilities and Assets in the Public and Private Sector," IZA Research Reports 42, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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