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Sick of work or too sick to work? Evidence on health shocks and early retirement from the BHPS

  • Nigel Rice
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • Andrew M. Jones

We follow individuals as they retire using discrete-time hazard models applied to a stock sample from 12 waves of the British Household Panel Survey. Results confirm that health shocks are a determinant of retirement age and are quantitatively more important than pension entitlement. This is the case for both men and women and is observed for both a measure of health limitations and a measure of latent health status obtained from a generalized ordered probit model. Further, our results provide evidence that, for women, the health status of their partner impacts on their retirement decisions; and effect that is not evident for men.

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Paper provided by HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York in its series Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers with number 06/13.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:yor:hectdg:06/13
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