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Early retirement in the government sector in Egypt:preferences, determinants, and policy implications


  • Fatma El-Hamidi

    (University of Pittsburgh, USA)


This study looks at factors affecting the decision of early retirement for Egyptian government sector employees. The empirical analysis is based on 2005 nationally representative sample of government sector workers. Among the findings of this study are: women are more likely to retire earlier than men; good health status is associated with longer stay on the job; the level of education is not a determining factor for women, but it is for men; men plan to work after their early retirement; the presence of the working wife has a positive effect on her husband to retire early, yet a working husband discourages his wife from retiring early. Policy implications discussed timing of the announcement of the plans; the potential outcome of excessive payouts, as well as the need for the government to provide early retirees with necessary skills and training to plan their after retirement years.

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  • Fatma El-Hamidi, 2010. "Early retirement in the government sector in Egypt:preferences, determinants, and policy implications," Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, College of Business, vol. 43(2), pages 79-110, January-M.
  • Handle: RePEc:jda:journl:vol.43:year:2010:issue2:pp:79-110

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    Cited by:

    1. Heba E. Helmy, 2019. "Thirty Years of Urban Bias: An Estimation of the Rising Disparities in Female Rural and Female Urban Unemployment and Income in Egypt," Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Centre for Agrarian Research and Education for South, vol. 8(3), pages 349-390, December.
    2. Ibrahim Al Hawarin, 2012. "The Patterns of Early Retirement among Jordanian Men," Working Papers 677, Economic Research Forum, revised 2012.

    More about this item


    Retirement; Employment; Government Sector; Egypt;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions


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