Early Retirement and Economic Incentives


Hernæs, Erik, Marte Sollie and Steinar Strøm




The Scandinavian Journal of Economics

Vol 102, no. 3

Sammendrag (engelsk)

In Norway early retirement programs have gradually reduced the retirement age from 67 to 62 for a majority of the labor force. Based on micro data for 1990 and 1992, we estimate a competing risk models with three states: full retirement, partial retirement/part-time work, and full-time work, and we use the estimated model in simulations to study how financial incentives can be strengthened to extend working life. Financial incentives, educational background and industry affiliation are found to influence retirement behavior. For low and medium incomes, the tax system shifts the incentives heavily towards early retirement, in particular partial retirement combined with part-time work.


Early retirement, multinomial logit model, taxes


D10, J22, J26

Prosjekt info:

Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
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Frisch prosjekt: 1202 - Pensjonsordninger, yrkesaktivitet og pensjoneringsadferd