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The Effects of Pensions and Earnings on Retirement: A Review Essay

Olivia S. Mitchell, Gary S. Fields

NBER Working Paper No. 772
Issued in September 1981
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Does retirement behavior react predictably to economic incentives? Evidence on this question would be useful to policy makers responsible for work and retirement programs affecting the elderly. This paper reviews the lessons and limitations of recent economics literature on pensions, earnings, and retirement. Section I develops the life cycle context for analyzing this problem. Theoretical literature is examined in Section II, followed by a review of the empirical literature in Section III. Conclusions appear at the end of each Section.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0772

Published: Mitchell, Olivia S. and Fields, Gary S. "The Effects of Pensions and Earnings on Retirement: A Review." Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 5, (1982), pp. 115-155. JAI Press, Greenwich, Conn.

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