The five essays in this dissertation address a range of topics in the micro-economic literature on partial retirement. The focus is on the labor market behavior of older age groups. The essays examine the economic and non-economic determinants of partial retirement behavior, the effect of partial retirement on retirement income and health, and the factors that could limit workers to participate in partial retirement. The analysis is mainly empirical and makes use of survey data on actual retirement opportunities and retirement decisions, but also on stated preferences concerning abrupt and partial retirement scenarios. The data are collected in the United States and the Netherlands through national surveys and through a web-based questionnaire specifically designed for the stated preference analysis. The empirical analysis relies on micro-econometric methods of discrete choice to estimate the empirical relationships between the variables of interest. In the analysis throughout the dissertation, while the main interest lies in partial retirement, the alternative abrupt full retirement scenario is also examined. Other alternative exit routes such as unemployment or disability are not analyzed in this dissertation.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||24 Sep 2012|
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|