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Fatal Attraction? Extended Unemployment Benefits, Labor Force Exits, and Mortality

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  • Kuhn, Andreas

    () (Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training)

  • Staubli, Stefan

    () (University of Calgary)

  • Wuellrich, Jean-Philippe

    () (University of Zurich)

  • Zweimüller, Josef

    () (University of Zurich)

Abstract

We estimate the causal effect of permanent and premature exits from the labor force on mortality. To overcome the problem of negative health selection into early retirement, we exploit a policy change in unemployment insurance rules in Austria that allowed workers in eligible regions to exit the labor force 3 years earlier compared to workers in non-eligible regions. Using administrative data with precise information on mortality and retirement, we find that the policy change induced eligible workers to exit the labor force significantly earlier. Instrumental variable estimation results show that for men retiring one year earlier causes a 6.8% increase in the risk of premature death and 0.2 years reduction in the age at death, but has no significant effect for women.

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  • Kuhn, Andreas & Staubli, Stefan & Wuellrich, Jean-Philippe & Zweimüller, Josef, 2018. "Fatal Attraction? Extended Unemployment Benefits, Labor Force Exits, and Mortality," IZA Discussion Papers 11851, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    early retirement; mortality; health behavior; instrumental variable;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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