Trends in Labor Force Participation: How Much is Due to Changes in Pensions?

TitleTrends in Labor Force Participation: How Much is Due to Changes in Pensions?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHurd, MD, Rohwedder, S
JournalJournal of Population Ageing
Date Published2011 Jun 1
ISSN Number1874-7884
KeywordsLabor force participation, Older Adults, Pensions, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

In the United States, beginning in the late 1980s there was a substantial increase in the labor force participation of men and women in their 60s. Over the same time period the type of pension plans offered by employers shifted strongly from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans. Defined benefit plans typically have optimal retirement ages embedded in their structure which induce early retirement, whereas defined contribution plans do not favor any particular retirement age. Based on panel data, this paper quantifies the increase in participation due to the change in pension structure. The main result is that the pension changes account for a considerable part of the increase, but other factors also made a contribution.

Alternate JournalJ Popul Ageing
Citation Key8652
PubMed ID21857886
PubMed Central IDPMC3156463
Grant ListP01 AG008291 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG008291-10 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States