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Preferences for Eerly Retirement among Older Government Employees in Egypt

  • Fatma El-Hamidi
  • Cem Baslevent

The objective of this study is to determine the factors affecting the early retirement preferences of Egyptian government sector employees. In line with the existing literature, we consider the possibility that the early retirement and post-retirement employment decisions are made jointly. We do this by estimating a recursive bivariate probit model in which the endogenous ‘post-retirement work'' variable is among the explanatory variables in the ‘early retirement'' equation. Estimation results based on a 2005 survey reveal that the two decisions are in fact correlated. As expected, people who plan to work after retirement are more likely to choose early retirement.

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Paper provided by University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 335.

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Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Feb 2008
Handle: RePEc:pit:wpaper:335
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