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Mortality transition and differential incentives for early retirement

  • D'Albis, Hippolyte
  • Lau, Paul S.
  • Sanchez-Romero, Miguel

Many studies specify human mortality patterns parametrically, with a parameter change affecting mortality rates at different ages simultaneously. Motivated by the stylized fact that a mortality decline affects primarily younger people in the early phase of mortalitytransition but mainly older people in the later phase, we study how a mortality change at an arbitrary age affects optimal retirement age. Using the Volterra derivative for a functional, we show that mortality reductions at older ages delay retirement unambiguously, but that mortality reductions at younger ages may lead to earlierretirement due to a substantial increase in the individualʼs expected lifetime human wealth.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/6825.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Theory, 2012, Vol. 147, no. 1. pp. 261-283.Length: 22 pages
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/6825
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