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Your Retirement and My Health Behavior: Evidence on Retirement Externalities from a fuzzy regression discontinuity design

Mujaheed Shaikh Tobias Mueller

Diskussionsschriften from Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft

Abstract: This paper presents evidence on intra-household retirement externalities by assessing the causal e ect of spousal retirement on various health behaviors and health status across 19 European countries. We identify partner's and own retirement e ects by applying a fuzzy regression discontinuity design using retirement eligibility as exogenous instruments for spousal and own retirement status. We nd signi cant increases in the frequency and intensity of alcohol consumption combined with a signi cant decrease in moderate physical activities as a response to partner's retirement. In line with the existing literature, we nd that own retirement has signi cant positive e ects on engaging in moderate and vigorous physical activities but also leads to a signi cant increase in the frequency of alcohol intake. Overall, subjective health is negatively a ected by spousal retirement and positively by own retirement.

Keywords: Retirement Externalities; Health behavior; Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J26 I12 C26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dem, nep-hea and nep-knm
Date: 2017-08
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