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Online Appendix to Efficient Timing of Retirement

  • Geoffrey H. Kingston

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    (School of Economics, University of New South Wales)

Post-retirement, the model in the main text (published in the Review of Economic Dynamics) reduces to the Merton (1969) problem, which has of course an exact solution. Pre-retirement, however, the agent holds an American option, namely, retire now or keep working. Problems involving American options are generally difficult to solve exactly. This appendix describes an approximate solution to the agent's pre-retirement problem.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2001
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Handle: RePEc:red:append:kingston00
Note: The original article was published in the Review of Economic Dynamics, volume (2000), pages 831-840
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