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Unhealthy Retirement?

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  • Fabrizio Mazzonna

    (University of Lugano and MEA)

  • Franco Peracchi

    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and EIEF)

Abstract

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 highly physically demanding jobs.

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  • Fabrizio Mazzonna & Franco Peracchi, 2014. "Unhealthy Retirement?," EIEF Working Papers Series 1409, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised Sep 2014.
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