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Disability Retirement among German Men in the 1980s

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  • R. T. Riphahn

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In Germany, a large proportion of new retirees—at times, more than half of them—have taken disability retirement. This study investigates the role of expected benefits in determining that choice. The author finds that among German men in 1984–91, age, health, and prior wages were much stronger predictors of the transition into disability retirement than were expected benefits. She concludes that a benefit reduction would be largely ineffective in reducing the high level of disability retirement in Germany.

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  • R. T. Riphahn, 1999. "Disability Retirement among German Men in the 1980s," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 52(4), pages 628-647, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:52:y:1999:i:4:p:628-647
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    1. Barbara Hanel, 2010. "Disability Pensions and Labor Supply," Working Papers 086, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).
    2. Holger Lüthen, 2016. "Rates of Return and Early Retirement Disincentives: Evidence from a German Pension Reform," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 17(2), pages 206-233, May.
    3. Peter Haan & Michal Myck, 2009. "Dynamics of Poor Health and Non-employment," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 195, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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    5. Geyer, Johannes & Engels, Barbara & Haan, Peter, 2016. "Changing incentives for early retirement - Causal evidence from a cohort based pension reform," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145737, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    6. Richard V. Burkhauser & Mary C. Daly & Nicolas R. Ziebarth, 2016. "Protecting working-age people with disabilities: experiences of four industrialized nations
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    7. Hanel, Barbara, 2012. "The effect of disability pension incentives on early retirement decisions," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 595-607.
    8. Haan, Peter & Myck, Michal, 2009. "Dynamics of health and labor market risks," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 1116-1125, December.
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