Title: Your retirement and my health behavior : evidence on retirement externalities from a fuzzy regression discontinuity design
Authors : Müller, Tobias
Shaikh, Mujaheed
Published in : Journal of Health Economics
Volume(Issue) : 57
Pages : 45
Pages to: 59
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier BV
Issue Date: Nov-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Retirement externality; fuzzy regression; Discontinuity design; Health behavior
Subject (DDC) : 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: This paper presents evidence on intra-household retirement externalities by assessing the causal effect of spousal retirement on various health behaviors and health status across 19 European countries. We identify partner's and own retirement effects by applying a fuzzy regression discontinuity design using retirement eligibility as exogenous instruments for spousal and own retirement status. We find significant increases in the frequency and intensity of alcohol consumption combined with a significant decrease in moderate physical activities as a response to partner's retirement. In line with the existing literature, we find that own retirement has significant positive effects on engaging in moderate and vigorous physical activities but also leads to a significant increase in the frequency of alcohol intake. Overall, subjective health is negatively affected by spousal retirement and positively by own retirement.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.10.005
ISSN: 1879-1646
0167-6296
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/6997
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