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Social Security and Retirement Timing: Evidence from a National Sample of Teachers

Melinda S. Morrill, John Westall

NBER Working Paper No. 25411
Issued in December 2018
NBER Program(s):Economics of Aging

This study documents an important role for Social Security income in workers' retirement timing. About 40 percent of public school teachers are not covered by Social Security. This provides an opportunity to analyze the causal impact of Social Security on retirement timing by comparing covered and non-covered teachers. Using individual-level data from the American Community Survey, we find robust evidence of higher rates of retirement among covered teachers at Social Security eligibility ages. This pattern is confirmed using an alternative regression model of participation in the teacher labor force. These estimates suggest that, should the federal government mandate full inclusion in Social Security for all public sector workers, the retirement timing patterns of newly covered teachers and other public sector workers would likely change.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25411

Published: Melinda Sandler Morrill & John Westall, 2019. "Social security and retirement timing: evidence from a national sample of teachers," Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, vol 18(04), pages 549-564. citation courtesy of

 
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