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Key Findings Details

Estimating the Health Effects of Retirement
John Bound and Timothy A. Waidmann
WP 2007-168

  • Research examining the effect of health on retirement typically compares the health of individuals before and after they retire and finds negative effects of retirement on health.
  • However, if deteriorating health leads individuals to retire, this approach will tend to exaggerate the negative effects of retirement on health.
  • Using a method that avoids this pitfall, we find that retirement actually has a small positive effect on health in men.