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Non-financial Determinants of Retirement: A Literature Review

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  • Frank Erp
  • Niels Vermeer
  • Daniel Vuuren

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Retirement is often concentrated at specific ages—in particular the ‘normal retirement age’ and an ‘early retirement age’. Financial incentives cannot fully explain this. Moreover, the participation effect of a higher normal retirement age importantly exceeds the encompassing income effect. Based on a literature survey, we conclude that social norms, default options, and reference-dependent utility are likely explanations for the individual propensity to retire at specific retirement ages. Further empirical research on non-financial determinants of retirement is needed to fully understand individual retirement behavior. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Frank Erp & Niels Vermeer & Daniel Vuuren, 2014. "Non-financial Determinants of Retirement: A Literature Review," De Economist, Springer, vol. 162(2), pages 167-191, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:decono:v:162:y:2014:i:2:p:167-191
    DOI: 10.1007/s10645-014-9229-5
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    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles

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