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Public pension programmes and the retirement of married couples in Denmark

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  • Bingley, Paul
  • Lanot, Gauthier

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In this paper we study the economic determinants of the joint retirement process of married couples. We propose a tractable dynamic discrete choice model for retirement decisions which allows for non-trivial saving behaviour. We estimate the model on a 1\% sample of Danish couples of potential retirement age drawn from a population-based administrative register. The introduction and subsequent reforms of a publicly financed early-retirement programme provide us with variation in the data to ensure identification of the the elasticities of participation/retirement with respect to income flows. Our estimates imply a significant asymmetry in the sensitivity of retirement behaviour of men and women with respect to variation in their own, or their spouse’s income flows.
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  • Bingley, Paul & Lanot, Gauthier, 2007. "Public pension programmes and the retirement of married couples in Denmark," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(10), pages 1878-1901, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:91:y:2007:i:10:p:1878-1901
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    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions

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