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New Evidence on Pensions, Social Security, and the Timing of Retirement

Andrew A. Samwick

NBER Working Paper No. 6534
Issued in April 1998
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Using a unique dataset that links the economic and demographic information of households with the details of their pension formulas, I estimate the combined effect of Social Security and pension benefits on the probability of retirement in a cross-section of the population near retirement age. The accrual rate of retirement wealth is shown to be a significant determinant of the probability of retirement. Simulations of extensions in pension coverage comparable to those that occurred in the early postwar period can account for one fourth of the contemporaneous decline in labor force participation rates.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6534

Published: Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 70 (November 1998): 207-236. citation courtesy of

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