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What happens to the husband’s retirement decision when the wife’s retirement incentives change?

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  • Håkan Selin

    (Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU)
    Uppsala University)

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In this paper, I exploit population-wide administrative data and a Swedish occupational pension reform, which primarily affected a subgroup of female workers, to recover the effect of the wife’s retirement incentive on the husband’s retirement behavior. I estimate a sharp relative decrease in the retirement probability of 63-year-old wives who were treated by the reform. However, there was no significant response of their husbands, and this finding is surprisingly robust. This suggests that cross-effects (from the wife to the husband) are substantially smaller than the direct effects of the wife’s own incentive on the wife’s retirement.

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  • Håkan Selin, 2017. "What happens to the husband’s retirement decision when the wife’s retirement incentives change?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 24(3), pages 432-458, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:24:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s10797-016-9427-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s10797-016-9427-y
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    Joint retirement; Retirement age; Occupational pensions;
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    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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