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Life-Cycle Savings in the United States, 1900-1990

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  • Chulhee Lee

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This study explores the effect of farm value on retirement decisions of farm owners in the early twentieth century. The average farm value per acre of county, as of either 1900 or 1910, and the growth rate over the decade had a strong positive effect on the probability of retirement of farm owners in 1910. Farm owners were more responsive to a change in farm value when it was not produced by a shift in the farmland productivity than when it was. I argue that the rapid growth in the value of farm properties between 1900 and 1910 was a major force behind the decline in the labor force participation rate of males aged 65 and over during the same period.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Seoul National University in its series Working Paper Series with number no14.

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