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The E ffect of Age-Targeted Tax Credits on Retirement Behavior

  • Laun, Lisa

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

This paper analyzes the eff ect of two age-targeted policy initiatives to delay retirement that were simultaneously implemented in Sweden in 2007: an earned income tax credit and a payroll tax credit. Both policies were targeted at workers aged 65 or above at the beginning of the tax year. The paper exploits that the special rules for elderly were governed by the year of birth while the social security system is governed by age at retirement, i.e., the day of birth, in analyzing the eff ect of the new policies. The results suggest that the age-targeted tax credits increased employment in the year following the 65th birthday by 1.5 percentage points among individuals with annual earnings above the 2007 tax liability threshold three to five years earlier. An analysis of fiscal implications indicates, however, that the increase in employment was not large enough to off set the implied decrease in tax revenues.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2012:14.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 29 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2012_0014
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