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The effects of employment uncertainty and wealth shocks on the labor supply and claiming behavior of older American workers

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dc.contributor.author Benítez-Silva, Hugo
dc.contributor.author García-Pérez, J. Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Jiménez-Martín, Sergi
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-26T10:50:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-26T10:50:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-01
dc.identifier https://econ-papers.upf.edu/ca/paper.php?id=1275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/19876
dc.description.abstract Unemployment rates in developed countries have recently reached levels not seen in a generation, and workers of all ages are facing increasing probabilities of losing their jobs and considerable losses in accumulated assets. These events likely increase the reliance that most older workers will have on public social insurance programs, exactly at a time that public finances are suffering from a large drop in contributions. Our paper explicitly accounts for employment uncertainty and unexpected wealth shocks, something that has been relatively overlooked in the literature, but that has grown in importance in recent years. Using administrative and household level data we empirically characterize a life-cycle model of retirement and claiming decisions in terms of the employment, wage, health, and mortality uncertainty faced by individuals. Our benchmark model explains with great accuracy the strikingly high proportion of individuals who claim benefits exactly at the Early Retirement Age, while still explaining the increased claiming hazard at the Normal Retirement Age. We also discuss some policy experiments and their interplay with employment uncertainty. Additionally, we analyze the effects of negative wealth shocks on the labor supply and claiming decisions of older Americans. Our results can explain why early claiming has remained very high in the last years even as the early retirement penalties have increased substantially compared with previous periods, and why labor force participation has remained quite high for older workers even in the midst of the worse employment crisis in decades.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Business Working Papers Series; 1275
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dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.title The effects of employment uncertainty and wealth shocks on the labor supply and claiming behavior of older American workers
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.date.modified 2017-07-23T02:13:54Z
dc.subject.keyword employment uncertainty
dc.subject.keyword wealth shocks
dc.subject.keyword retirement
dc.subject.keyword labor supply
dc.subject.keyword life-cycle models
dc.subject.keyword Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
dc.subject.keyword Statistics, Econometrics and Quantitative Methods
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