Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
What happens to the husband’s retirement decision when the wife’s retirement incentives change?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies.
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Several studies have documented a strong correlation in the timing of spouses’ retirement decisions. However, considerably less is known about the causal impact of one spouse’s retirement incentives on the retirement decision of the other spouse. Before, but not after, 2001 broad categories of Swedish local government workers in female dominated occupations were entitled to retire with full pension benefits already at the age of 63. In this paper, we utilize this reform – together with a micro data set covering the total Swedish population – to estimate the effect of a change in the wife’s incentive on the husband’s retirement behavior. We document a sharp decrease in pension benefit withdrawals among 63 year old wives in the local government sector in the years following the reform. However, we do not find any evidence of a response among husbands. This finding is at odds with some earlier results in the literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Economics, Uppsala University , 2011. , 37 p.
Working paper / Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies, Uppsala University, 2011:8
Keyword [en]
Joint retirement, retirement age, occupational pensions.
National Category
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156744OAI: diva2:433112
Available from: 2011-08-09 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2011-08-09Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(255 kB)54 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 255 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 54 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 165 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link