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Government Transfers, Work and Wellbeing: Evidence from the Russian Old-Age Pension

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  • Grogan, Louise

    () (University of Guelph)

  • Summerfield, Fraser

    () (University of Aberdeen)

Abstract

This paper examines the impacts of a large and anticipated government transfer, the Russian old-age pension, on labor supply, home production and subjective wellbeing. The discontinuity in eligibility at pension age is exploited for inference. The 2006-2011 Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey is employed. Causal impacts differ across the sexes. Women reduce market work and appear to increase home production. They report increased wellbeing. Men reduce labor supply without any apparent increase in wellbeing. Pension receipt does not impact household composition.

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  • Grogan, Louise & Summerfield, Fraser, 2018. "Government Transfers, Work and Wellbeing: Evidence from the Russian Old-Age Pension," IZA Discussion Papers 11961, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    fuzzy regression discontinuity; subjective wellbeing; pensions; labor supply;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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