Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2010:2: Can adult education delay retirement from the labour market?

Xavier de Luna , Anders Stenberg () and Olle Westerlund ()
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Xavier de Luna: Umeå University, Postal: Department of Statistics, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Anders Stenberg: Stockholm University, Postal: SOFI , SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Olle Westerlund: Umeå University, Postal: Department of Economics , SE-901 87 Umeå , Sweden

Abstract: In this paper, we examine whether adult education delays retirement and increases labour force participation among the elderly, a mechanism suggested in the OECD strategy for “active ageing” and the “Lisbon strategy” of the EU. Using register data from Sweden, we analyse transcripts from adult education for the period 1979–2004 and annual earnings 1982–2004. We match samples of treated individuals, in adult education 1986–1989, and untreated on the propensity score. The timing of exit from the workforce is assessed by non-parametric estimation of survival rates in the labour force. The results indicate no effects of adult education on the timing of retirement.

Keywords: Adult education; Retirement; Human capital; Labour supply; Pensions

JEL-codes: H52; H55; H75; I28; J14; J26

41 pages, January 29, 2010

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