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Housing Wealth and Retirement Timing
Martin Farnham and Purvi Sevak
WP 2007-172

  • This study finds evidence of a modest housing wealth effect on retirement: men whose housing value increases significantly retire somewhat sooner.
  • The evidence of housing wealth effects on expected age of retirement is stronger than the evidence of housing wealth effects on actual retirement transitions
  • A 10% increase in housing wealth is associated with a reduction in expected retirement age of between 3.5 and 5 months.