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The effect of retirement on home production: evidence from Australia

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  • Kadir Atalay

    (University of Sydney)

  • Garry F. Barrett

    (University of Sydney)

  • Anita Staneva

    (University of Sydney)

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This paper examines the effect of retirement on individuals’ time spent on home production activities. Using rich longitudinal data from Australia and utilizing recent changes in the Australian Pension system which generate exogenous variation in retirement status, we show a significant increase in time devoted to home production, especially for individuals who voluntarily retire from the labour force. The empirical findings provide further evidence consistent with the majority of retirees successfully smoothing their wellbeing as they make the transition out of the labour force.

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  • Kadir Atalay & Garry F. Barrett & Anita Staneva, 2020. "The effect of retirement on home production: evidence from Australia," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 117-139, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:18:y:2020:i:1:d:10.1007_s11150-019-09444-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-019-09444-3
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    Keywords

    Retirement; Time Use; Housework; Pension Eligibility;
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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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