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The expected length of male retirement in the United States, 1850-1990

  • Chulhee Lee


    (School of Economics, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Sillim-dong, Kwanak-gu, Seoul, KOREA)

This paper estimates the expected length of retirement for each labor market cohort between 1850 and 1990. Since 1850, the expected length of retirement has increased by more than six-fold and now represents up to 30% of male length of life after entry into the labor force. The rise of the duration of retirement during the twentieth century is analyzed according to the effects of mortality decline and of decreased age of retirement. Implications of the result for a number of economic issues, including the relative importance of life-cycle savings and the potential saving effect of Social Security, are discussed.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 641-650

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:4:p:641-650
Note: Received: 22 September 1999/Accepted: 11 July 2000
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