A Structural Retirement Model
Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier
NBER Working Paper No. 1237 (Also Reprint No. r0718)
The model analyzed here constrains most work on the main job to be full time. Partial retirement requires a job change and a wage reduction.Estimates of utility function parameters and their distributions incorporate information on age of leaving the main job and of full retirement. These estimates determine the slope at different ages and the convexity of within period indifference curves between compensation and leisure. Even though age specific dummy variables are not used, the model closely tracks retirement behavior. Policy analysis based on earlier models with simpler structures is shown to be misleading.
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w1237
Published: Gustman, Alan and Thomas Steinmeier. "A Structural Retirement Model." Econometrica, Vol. 54, No. 3, (May 1986), pp. 555-584. citation courtesy of
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