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Retirement and Home Production: A Regression Discontinuity Approach

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  • Stancanelli, Elena G. F.

    (Paris School of Economics)

  • van Soest, Arthur

    (Tilburg University)

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Existing studies show that individuals who retire replace some private consumption by home production, but do not consider joint behaviour of couples. Here we analyze the causal effect of retirement of each partner on hours of home production of both partners in a couple. Our identification strategy exploits the earliest age retirement laws in France, enabling a fuzzy regression discontinuity approach. We find that own retirement significantly increases own hours of home production and the effect is larger for men than for women. Moreover, retirement of the female partner significantly reduces male hours of home production but not vice versa.

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  • Stancanelli, Elena G. F. & van Soest, Arthur, 2011. "Retirement and Home Production: A Regression Discontinuity Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 6229, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    house work; time allocation; couples;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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