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The Recent Rise of Labor Force Participation of Older Workers in Sweden

Lisa Laun, Mårten Palme

Chapter in NBER book Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Working Longer (2019), Courtney C. Coile, Kevin Milligan, and David A. Wise, editors (p. 231 - 265)
Published in December 2019 by University of Chicago Press
© 2019 by the National Bureau of Economic Research
in NBER Book Series - International Social Security

This paper studies the background to the increase in labor force participation of older workers in Sweden since 2000. In the first part, we study how the characteristics of the elderly have changed with respect to health, education level and work environment, as well as the impact of joint decision-making within the household. In the second part, we study the importance of institutional changes, including a major reform of the old-age pension system, introduction of tax credits for older workers, changes of the mandatory retirement age and stricter eligibility criteria in the disability insurance program. We find that the rise in labor force participation has coincided with improvements in health and educational attainment across birth cohorts as well as increased screening stringency in the disability insurance program.

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This chapter first appeared as NBER working paper w24593, The Recent Rise of Labor Force Participation of Older Workers in Sweden, Lisa Laun, Mårten Palme
 
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