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Health, Pensions, and the Retirement Decision: Evidence from Canada

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Using longitudinal data from the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, I use an option value framework to examine the effects of health and employer provided pensions on retirement decisions. This study fills existing gaps in the literature by jointly modeling the impact of financial incentives and health on the retirement decisions of Canadians. The results indicate that both factors have substantial and significant effects on retirement, as having poor health increases the likelihood of entering retirement by up to 25 percentage points. Given the longitudinal aspect of the data, I am also able to address several identification issues discussed in the literature. The results corroborate previous evidence regarding the relative importance of attenuation and justification bias in self-reported health measures. The results also confirm U.S. and European evidence that employer-provided pensions and health are significant determinants of retirement.

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  • T. Schirle, 2007. "Health, Pensions, and the Retirement Decision: Evidence from Canada," Working Papers eg0046, Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Economics, revised 2007.
  • Handle: RePEc:wlu:wpaper:eg0046
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    1. Tammy Schirle, 2008. "Why Have the Labor Force Participation Rates of Older Men Increased since the Mid-1990s?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 26(4), pages 549-594, October.
    2. Pierre Lefebvre & Philip Merrigan & Pierre-Carl Michaud, 2011. "The Recent Evolution of Retirement Patterns in Canada," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 287, McMaster University.
    3. repec:eee:joecag:v:9:y:2017:i:c:p:1-13 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Kevin Milligan & Tammy Schirle, 2016. "Health Capacity to Work at Older Ages: Evidence from Canada," NBER Chapters,in: Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World: The Capacity to Work at Older Ages, pages 59-83 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Retirement; Private Pensions; Health;

    JEL classification:

    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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