Joint retirement for couples: Evidence from a natural experiment

We estimate and explain the impact of early retirement of husbands on the wives’ probability to retire within one year, using administrative micro panel data that cover the whole Dutch population. We employ an instrumental variable approach in which retirement choice of husbands is instrumented with eligibility rules for generous early retirement benefits that were temporarily and unexpectedly available. The empirical model explains wives’
probability to retire within one year. We find that early retirement opportunity of husbands increased the wives’ probability to retire within one year by 25.4 percentage points. This is a strong effect. Our results are robust to several sensitivity tests.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is een denktank en kennisnetwerk. Netspar is gericht op een goed geïnformeerd pensioendebat.

MEER OVER NETSPAR


Missie en strategie           •           Netwerk           •           Organisatie           •          Podcasts
Board Brief            •            Werkprogramma 2023-2027           •           Onderzoeksagenda

OVER NETSPAR

Onze partners

B20231704_DNB_Blacklogo
svb
B20211216_shell download
B20160708_uva
B20200924_Ortec Finance logo 250px_banner_small
Bekijk al onze partners