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Does postponing minimum retirement age improve healthy behaviors before retirement? Evidence from middle-aged Italian workers

Marco Bertoni (), Giorgio Brunello () and Gianluca Mazzarella ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2018, vol. 58, issue C, 215-227

Abstract: By increasing the residual working horizon of employed individuals, pension reforms that rise minimum retirement age can affect individual investment in health-promoting behaviors before retirement. Using the expected increase in minimum retirement age induced by a 2004 Italian pension reform and a difference-in-differences research design, we show that middle-aged Italian males affected by the reform reacted to the longer working horizon by increasing regular exercise, with positive consequences for obesity and self-reported satisfaction with health.

Keywords: Retirement; Working horizon; Healthy behaviors; Pension reforms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 I12 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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