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Marital Status and Retirement: An Empirical Study for France

Karina Doorley () and Elena G. F. Stancanelli ()
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Elena G. F. Stancanelli: Paris School of Economics

No 12299, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We argue that retirement from work may affect marital status according to the predictions of quite standard economic models of marriage and divorce. Retirement may make singles less marriageable as well as impacting negatively marriage stability for married people. We exploit retirement laws in France to instrument the effect of retirement on individual marriage status, using Census data. While we cannot claim causality, we find that retirement correlates negatively with the marriage probability of men, and the more so for men with less than high school education.

Keywords: ageing; retirement; divorce (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J14 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age and nep-eur
Date: 2019-04
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