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Unhealthy Retirement?

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  • Fabrizio Mazzonna
  • Franco Peracchi

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We investigate the causal effect of retirement on health and cognitive abilities by exploiting the panel dimension of the first two waves of the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and the variation between and within European countries in old age retirement rules. We show evidence of substantial heterogeneity in the effect of retirement across occupational groups. In particular, we find that retirement increases the age-related decline of health and cognitive abilities for most workers. On the other hand, we find evidence of a positive immediate effect of retirement for those employed in jobs characterized by a high level of physical burden.

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  • Fabrizio Mazzonna & Franco Peracchi, 2017. "Unhealthy Retirement?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 52(1), pages 128-151.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:52:y:2017:i:1:p:128-151
    Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.52.1.0914-6627R1
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