Wealth Shocks and Retirement Timing: Evidence from the Nineties

TitleWealth Shocks and Retirement Timing: Evidence from the Nineties
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSevak, P
Series TitleMichigan Retirement Research Center Research Working Paper
Document Number2002-027
InstitutionUniversity of Michigan
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Call Numberwp_2003/Sevak_weatlh.pdf
KeywordsNet Worth and Assets, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

This paper explores whether the timing of retirement responds to unexpected changes in wealth. The period of the 1990s allows a unique examination of this question because of the large and unexpected capital gains realized by many households. Using the 1992 through 1998 waves of the Health and Retirement Study, and two different identification strategies, I find evidence consistent with the theoretical expectations of wealth effects for men. Using panel data on savings and wealth I estimate the elasticity of observed retirement flows between 1996 and 1998 with respect to wealth is between 0.39 and 0.50 for men.


Paper based on Chapter 1 of Purvi Sevak's Dissertation

Endnote Keywords

Capital/Wealth Accumulation/Retirement

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Citation Key5574