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The Mental Health Effects of Retirement

Matteo Picchio () and Jan C. van Ours ()
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Jan C. van Ours: Erasmus University Rotterdam

No 12791, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We study the retirement effects on mental health using a fuzzy regression discontinuity design based on the eligibility age to the state pension in the Netherlands. We find that the mental effects are heterogeneous by gender and marital status. Retirement of partnered men positively affects mental health of both themselves and their partners. Single men retiring experience a drop in mental health. Female retirement has hardly any effect on their own mental health or the mental health of their partners. Part of the effects seem to be driven by loneliness after retirement.

Keywords: retirement; health; well-being; happiness; regression discontinuity design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 J14 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2019-11
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