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Pension Incentives and the Pattern of Early Retirement

  • Richard Blundell

    (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies Financial Services Authority)

  • Costas Meghir

    (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies Financial Services Authority)

  • Sarah Smith

    (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies Financial Services Authority)

This mix of state and private pension provision in the United Kingdom provides a rare degree of variation in pension incentives for retirement. Using a sample of individuals from the UK Retirement Survey, the paper models the probability of retirement in terms of the incentives underlying the individual"s pension plan as well as other socio-economic factors. It follows an option value approach and allows a separate role for pension wealth, for spouse"s economic characteristics and for demographic characteristics. It distinguishes between SERPS and private schemes and models eligibility to disability. The results point to significant retirement incentive effects from the pension system. Copyright Royal Economic Society 2002.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 112 (2002)
Issue (Month): 478 (March)
Pages: C153-C170

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:478:p:c153-c170
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  1. Blundell, Richard & Johnson, Paul, 1998. "Pensions and Labor-Market Participation in the United Kingdom," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(2), pages 168-72, May.
  2. Costas Meghir & E. Whitehouse, 1995. "Labour market transitions and retirement of men in the UK," IFS Working Papers W95/10, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  3. Richard Blundell & Paul Johnson, 1997. "Pensions and Retirement in the UK," NBER Working Papers 6154, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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