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Why Do Pensions Reduce Mobility?

Steven G. Allen, Robert L. Clark, Ann A. McDermed

NBER Working Paper No. 2509
Issued in February 1988
NBER Program(s):   LS

Previous studies have found that workers who are covered by pensions are much less likely than other workers to leave their jobs, but the evidence on how specific pension characteristics affect turnover is inconclusive. This paper examines how mobility is affected by vesting standards, the compensation level, and the capital loss of pension wealth for job changers. In two different data sets, we find that the capital loss is strongly associated with lower turnover rates, whereas vesting and the compensation level have relatively little impact. Large capital losses are mainly associated with lower layoff rates rather than lower quit rates.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2509

Published: Dennis, Barbara D. (ed.) Proceedings of the Fortieth Annual Meeting, Industrial Relations Research Association 1987. Industrial Relations Research, 1988.

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