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Does postponing minimum retirement age improve healthy behaviors before retirement? Evidence from middle-aged Italian workers

Marco Bertoni (), Giorgio Brunello () and Gianluca Mazzarella ()

Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York

Abstract: By increasing the residual working horizon of employed individuals, pension reforms that rise minimum retirement age can affect individual investment in health-promoting behaviors before retirement. Using the expected increase in minimum retirement age induced by a 2004 Italian pension reform and a difference-in-differences research design, we show that middleaged Italian males affected by the reform reacted to the longer working horizon by increasing regular exercise, with positive consequences for obesity and self-reported satisfaction with health.

Keywords: retirement; working horizon; healthy behaviors; pension reforms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 I12 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-hea and nep-lma
Date: 2018-02
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