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Influencing retirement behavior: A key issue for social security

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  • Joseph F. Quinn

    (Associate Professor of Economics, Boston College)

  • Richard V. Burkhauser

    (Associate Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

Recent trends toward earlier retirement threaten future supplies of labor and the financial stability of many of our public and private pension systems. One of the few federal efforts now in place to reverse this trend has been the 1977 law outlawing mandatory retirement before age 70 for most American workers. This legislation by itself will have little effect on retirement patterns, because strong financial incentives to retire remain imbedded in the system. Changes in the Social Security Act enacted this year begin to recognize these incentives but are highly controversial and at best will not begin to go into effect until 1990. To be successful, efforts of policymakers to increase work at older ages must focus on the financial incentives at the heart of retirement plans rather than on merely attempting to weaken mandatory retirement constraints.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Volume (Year): 3 (1983)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-13

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:3:y:1983:i:1:p:1-13
DOI: 10.2307/3324001
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