Life-Cycle Models: Lifetime Earnings and the Timing of Retirement

TitleLife-Cycle Models: Lifetime Earnings and the Timing of Retirement
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsLaitner, J, Silverman, DS
Series TitleMichigan Retirement and Disability Research Center Publication
Document NumberWP 2007-165
InstitutionMichigan Retirement and Disability Research Center, University of Michigan
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Call Numbernewpubs20080229_wp165.pdf
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

After dropping for a century, the average retirement age for U.S. males seems to have leveled off in recent decades. An important question is whether as future improvements in technology cause wages to rise, desired retirement ages will resume their downward trend, or not. This paper attempts to use HRS panel data to test how relatively high (or low) earnings affect male retirement ages. Our goal is to use cross sectional earning differences to help anticipate likely time series developments in coming decades. Our preliminary regression results show that higher earnings do lead to somewhat earlier retirement. Unless additional analysis changes the parameter estimates, the implication is that the downward trend in male retirement ages will ultimately return.

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Retirement Behavior/Wages

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Citation Key5693