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Retirement intentions of older migrant workers: Does health matter?

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  • Nicolas Gérard Vaillant

    (LEM - Lille - Economie et Management - UCL - Université catholique de Lille - Université de Lille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Catholique de Lille - UCL - Université catholique de Lille, ISTC - Institut des Stratégies et Techniques de Communication - UCL - Université catholique de Lille)

  • François-Charles Wolff

    (LEMNA - Laboratoire d'économie et de management de Nantes Atlantique - UN - Université de Nantes, INED - Institut national d'études démographiques)

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This paper investigates the effect of self-assessed health on retirement plans of older migrants. As immigration is primarily associated with labor considerations, the role of economic incentives in the migration decision suggests that health could play a minor effect in immigrants' decision to retire. Using detailed data on immigrants living in France collected in 2003, we examine the role of health on early retirement intentions using simultaneous, recursive models that account for the fact that subjective health is potentially endogenous. Being in poor health increases the intention of migrant workers to retire early, but the subjective health outcomes have little influence on retirement plans.

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  • Nicolas Gérard Vaillant & François-Charles Wolff, 2012. "Retirement intentions of older migrant workers: Does health matter?," Working Papers hal-00671527, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:hal-00671527
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    Retirement intention; self-assessed health; immigrants; France;

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