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Race for Retirement

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  • Hakola, Tuulia

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The study analyses the effects of the pension system on the labour supply of the elderly in Finland. A significant change in the age structure of the population, combined with falling employment rates for the aged, can yield pressures on the financing of the mainly Pay-As-You-Go, Defined Benefit pension system. Empirical results provide some evidence that economic incentives matter also to the aged Finnish employees. It was verified by controlling a number of other variables, that if an individual was better off by postponing his retirement decision, he was more likely to continue working. Two simulations demonstrate that even if altering economic incentives has some of the desired impact of postponing retirement, this impact seemed rather small. The study therefore suggests the need to alter also age restrictions if the average retirement age needs to be altered radically.

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  • Hakola, Tuulia, 1999. "Race for Retirement," Research Reports 60, VATT Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:fer:resrep:60
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    1. Huovinen, Pasi & Piekkola, Hannu, 2002. "Early Retirement and Use of Time by Older Finns," Discussion Papers 787, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    2. Huovinen, Pasi & Piekkola, Hannu, 2001. "Unemployment and Early Retirements of the Aged Workers in Finland," Discussion Papers 750, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    3. Laine, Veli, 2002. "Evaluating tax and benefit reforms in 1996-2001," Discussion Papers 280, VATT Institute for Economic Research.
    4. MacDonald, Bonnie-Jeanne & Cairns, Andrew J.G., 2011. "Three retirement decision models for defined contribution pension plan members: A simulation study," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 1-18, January.
    5. Hakola, Tuulia & Lindeboom, Maarten, 2001. "Retirement Round-bout: Early Exit Channels and Disability Applications," Discussion Papers 262, VATT Institute for Economic Research.

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