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Retiring for better health? Evidence from health investment behaviors in Japan

Meng Zhao, Yoshifumi Konishi and Haruko Noguchi

Japan and the World Economy, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 56-63

Abstract: This paper examines the causal effects of retirement on health investment behavior among Japanese permanent employees. We find that the Japanese employees participate less in unhealthy habits (smoking and drinking) after retiring from their permanent employment, and after completely ceasing to work, they further increase participation in healthy life habits (regular exercise). We also find gender differences in these responses.

Keywords: Retirement; Health behaviors; Japan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C26 I12 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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