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The Retirement-Health Nexus: A New Measure of an Old Puzzle

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  • Kathryn H. Anderson
  • Richard V. Burkhauser

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Traditional empirical models of retirement which use a self-assessed health measure have often found that the wage rate has a surprisingly small effect on retirement. Using both a self-reported health measure and one not based on self-report (subsequent mortality experience) in a more general reduced-form joint-demand framework, we test the importance of the interaction effects of health and retirement. Our findings are consistent with a joint determination of health and retirement. The wage elasticity using either health measure is about equal to that found in a single-equation model when a mortality measure is used, but all three elasticities are five times greater than one found using self-reported health in a traditional single-equation model.

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  • Kathryn H. Anderson & Richard V. Burkhauser, 1985. "The Retirement-Health Nexus: A New Measure of an Old Puzzle," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 20(3), pages 315-330.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:20:y:1985:i:3:p:315-330
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