Your Retirement and My Health Behavior: Evidence on Retirement Externalities from a fuzzy regression discontinuity design

Müller, Tobias; Shaikh, Mujaheed (August 2017). Your Retirement and My Health Behavior: Evidence on Retirement Externalities from a fuzzy regression discontinuity design (Discussion Papers 17-09). Bern: Department of Economics

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This paper presents evidence on intra-household retirement externalities by assessing the
causal effect of spousal retirement on various health behaviors and health status across 19
European countries. We identify partner’s and own retirement effects by applying a fuzzy regression discontinuity design using retirement eligibility as exogenous instruments for spousal and own retirement status. We find significant increases in the frequency and intensity of alcohol consumption combined with a significant decrease in moderate physical activities as a response to partner’s retirement. In line with the existing literature, we find that own retirement has significant positive effects on engaging in moderate and vigorous physical activities but also leads to a significant increase in the frequency of alcohol intake. Overall, subjective health is negatively affected by spousal retirement and positively by own retirement.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Tobias Benjamin

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

Discussion Papers

Publisher:

Department of Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lars Tschannen

Date Deposited:

08 Jan 2021 16:53

Last Modified:

08 Jan 2021 16:53

JEL Classification:

J26, I12, C26

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/145848

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145848

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