Mary K. Hamman

Department of Economics
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
403Q Carl Wimberley Hall
1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2015The Relationship between Establishment Training and the Retention of Older Workers: Evidence from Germany
with Peter B. Berg, Matthew M. Piszczek, Christopher J. Ruhm: w21746
In the coming years, a substantial portion of Germany’s workforce will retire, making it difficult for businesses to meet human capital needs. Training older workers may be a successful strategy for managing this demographic transition. This study examines relationships between establishment training programs, wages, and retirement among older men and women. Using unique matched establishment-employee data from Germany, the authors find that when establishments offer special training programs targeted at older workers, women—and especially lower wage women—are less likely to retire. Results suggest this relationship may be due to greater wage growth. For men, findings suggest establishment offer of inclusion in standard training programs may improve retention of low wage men, but analysis ...

Published: Peter B. Berg & Mary K. Hamman & Matthew M. Piszczek & Christopher J. Ruhm, 2016. "The Relationship between Establishment Training and the Retention of Older Workers: Evidence from Germany," International Labour Review, .

August 2015Can Policy Facilitate Partial Retirement? Evidence from Germany
with Peter Berg, Matthew Piszczek, Christopher J. Ruhm: w21478
In 1996, Germany introduced the Altersteilzeit (ATZ) law, which encouraged longer working lives through partial retirement incentives. Using matched pension system and establishment survey data, we estimate changes in part-time employment and retirement after ATZ. We find the policy induced growth in part-time work for men and extended men's expected duration of employment by 1.8 years. As the policy evolved to include an abrupt retirement option, the worklife gain for men fell to 1.2 years. Among women, part-time employment grew less and employment duration changed little initially but later declined by 0.2 years when abrupt retirement became available.
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