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The effects of increasing the normal retirement age on health care utilization and mortality
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3093-726X
2017 (English)In: Journal of Population Economics, ISSN 0933-1433, E-ISSN 1432-1475, 1-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This essay estimates the health effects of increasing the normal retirement age using Swedish administrative data on drug prescriptions, hospitalizations, and mortality. To this end, I use a reform that raised the age at which broad categories of Swedish local government workers were entitled to retire with full pension benefits from 63 to 65. Estimating the effect of the reform on individuals’ health within the age range 65–69, the results show no evidence that the reform impacted mortality or health care utilization. Increasing the normal retirement age may thus have positive government income effects without seriously affecting short to medium run government health care expenditures.

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Springer, 2017. 1-42 p.
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Health; Mortality; Inpatient care; Retirement; Pensions
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37126DOI: 10.1007/s00148-017-0664-xISI: XYZScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85028320288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37126DiVA: diva2:1137870
Available from: 2017-09-01 Created: 2017-09-01 Last updated: 2017-09-12

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