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Spouses' Retirement and Hours of Work Outcomes : Evidence from Twofold Regression Discontinuity

  • Elena Stancanelli


    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, OFCE - Observatoire Français des Conjonctures économiques - Institut d'Études Politiques [IEP] - Paris - Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques [FNSP], IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor - Institute for the Study of Labor)

Earlier studies conclude that spouses time their retirement closely together. Here, we exploit early retirement age legislation to identify the effect of own and spousal retirement on spouses' hours of work. The sample for the analysis includes over 85000 French couples. We conclude that hours of work fall significantly upon own and partner's retirement, for both spouses. The own effect is dramatically large and equal to a drop in hours worked of 65 to 77 per cent while the cross effects are small, suggesting an average reduction of one or two hours per week upon spousal retirement.

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Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Publication status: Published in Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 2012.74 - ISSN : 1955-611X. 2012
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00755648
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