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The Labor Supply Effect Of Social Security Earnings Test Revisited: New Evidence From Its Elimination And Revival In Japan

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  • Satoshi Shimizutani

    () (Institute for International Policy Studies)

  • Takashi Oshio

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

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Evidence on the effect of the social security earnings test on the labor supply of the elderly continues to be mixed. We utilize microlevel data compiled by the Japanese government in order to examine the labor supply effect for those aged 6569 before and after two majo reforms of the social security earnings test in Japan: its elimination in 1985 and its revival in 2002. We provide little evidence that the changes in the earnings test affected the wage distribution of the elderly after controlling for changes in the attributes of workers and firms. At the same time, the direct survey responses to the effect of the revival in 2002 reveals a large effect on the labor supply of the elderly. These empirical findings indicate the risk that a traditional bunch analysis underestimates the labor supply effect when it is obscured by measurement errors or labor market rigidities.

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  • Satoshi Shimizutani & Takashi Oshio, 2008. "The Labor Supply Effect Of Social Security Earnings Test Revisited: New Evidence From Its Elimination And Revival In Japan," Discussion Papers 0822, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
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    1. SHIMIZUTANI Satoshi & FUJII Mayu & OSHIO Takashi, 2012. "Option Value of Work, Health Status, and Retirement Decisions: New evidence from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR)," Discussion papers 12050, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    2. SHIMIZUTANI Satoshi & FUJII Mayu & OSHIO Takashi, 2012. "Option Value of Work, Health Status, and Retirement Decisions: New evidence from the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR)," Discussion papers 12050, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    3. Satoshi Shimizutani, 2013. "Social Security Earnings Test and the Labour Supply of the Elderly: New Evidence from Unique Survey Responses in Japan," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 64(3), pages 399-413, September.

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    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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