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Does retirement reduce familiarity with Information and Communication Technology?

Danilo Cavapozzi and Chiara Dal Bianco ()
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Danilo Cavapozzi: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Review of Economics of the Household, 2022, vol. 20, issue 2, No 9, 553-577

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyses the effect of retirement on the familiarity with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of older individuals. We argue that inability to cope with ICT might represent a threat for older individuals’ social inclusion. To account for the potential endogeneity of retirement with respect to familiarity with ICT, we instrument retirement decision with the age-eligibility for early and statutory retirement pension schemes. Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, we show that retirement reduces the computer literacy and the frequency of internet utilization for men and women. This finding is robust to the inclusion as control factors of health, cognition and social network indicators, which the literature has shown to be affected by retirement. Overall, the reduction in the familiarity with ICT after retirement tends to be stronger in the long-run.

Keywords: Computer skills; Internet; Retirement; Instrumental variables.; J14; J21; J24. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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