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The Effect of Social Security Reform on Male Retirement in High and Middle Income Countries

David Bloom, David Canning (), Gunther Fink () and Jocelyn Finlay ()
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Gunther Fink: Harvard School of Public Health
Jocelyn Finlay: Harvard School of Public Health

PGDA Working Papers from Program on the Global Demography of Aging

Abstract: We analyze panel data for 40 countries over the period 1970-2000 to examine the effect of social security reforms on the labor supply of older men. The data show a trend towards earlier retirement that can be explained by rising income levels. We find that the average retirement age rises significantly when the normal, or early, social security eligibility age rises, the pension benefits for postponing retirement are increased, or the system shifts from defined benefits to defined contributions. A package of social security reforms is capable of substantially increasing the labor supply of older men.

Keywords: Social security reform; retirement; high and middle income countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-11
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