Determinants of retirement timing expectations in the United States and australia: a cross-national comparison of the effects of health and retirement benefit policies on retirement timing decisions

TitleDeterminants of retirement timing expectations in the United States and australia: a cross-national comparison of the effects of health and retirement benefit policies on retirement timing decisions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSargent-Cox, KA, Anstey, KJ, Kendig, H, Skladzien, E
JournalJ Aging Soc Policy
Volume24
Issue3
Pagination291-308
KeywordsCross-National, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction
Abstract

Data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (N = 2,589) and the Australian Household Income and Labour Dynamics survey (N = 1,760) were used to compare the macro-level policy frameworks on individual retirement timing expectations for pre-baby boomers (61 years) and early baby boomers (45 to 60 years). Australian workers reported younger expected age of retirement compared to the U.S. sample. Reporting poor health was more strongly associated with younger expected retirement age in the United States than in Australia. Cohort and gender differences in the United States were found for the effect of private health insurance on younger expected age at retirement. Our results draw attention to how cross-national comparisons can inform us on the effects of policies on retirement expectations among older workers.

Notes

Sargent-Cox, Kerry A Anstey, Kaarin J Kendig, Hal Skladzien, Ellen England J Aging Soc Policy. 2012 Jul;24(3):291-308.

DOI10.1080/08959420.2012.676324
Endnote Keywords

cross-national comparison/Australian Household Income and Labour Dynamics/retirement planning/Health insurance

Endnote ID

69588

Citation Key7743