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SeaTE: Subjective ex ante Treatment Effect of Health on Retirement

Pamela Giustinelli, Matthew D. Shapiro

NBER Working Paper No. 26087
Issued in July 2019
NBER Program(s):Program on the Economics of Aging, Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program, Labor Studies Program, Monetary Economics Program

The Subjective ex ante Treatment Effect is the difference between the probabilities of an outcome conditional on a treatment. The SeaTE yields ex ante causal effects at the individual level. The paper gives an interpretation in two workhorse econometric frameworks: potential outcomes and dynamic programming. It finds large effect heterogeneity of health on work in two surveys of older workers, the VRI and the HRS. It shows how reduced-form estimates of health on work are biased when there is unobserved heterogeneity in taste for work. Using the VRI’s panel structure, it validates the elicited conditional probabilities of work given health.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w26087

 
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