Killing me softly: work and mortality among French seniors
This paper investigates the impact of the retirement age and working life on mortality over 65years old. In 1993, the French government gradually increased incentives to work for seniors. This exogenous shock on labor supply is an instrument for retirement choices of French pensioners. Weuse this exogenous shock to measure how work impacts male mortality. We work on the Echantillon Interrégime des Retraités, an administrative panel data set which provides information on past contribution to the pension system and mortality at two points of time. We find that delaying theretirement age by one year increases the chances of dying within four years by 1.5 percentage pointswhich is equivalent to a decrease of life expectancy at age 64 by 1.68 months. However, this effect isfar from homogeneous if we split our sample by income groups.
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