Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 2011:14: Instead of Bowling Alone? Unretirement of Old-Age Pensioners

Jan Pettersson ()
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Jan Pettersson: Department of Economics, Postal: Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: We study re-entry to the workforce of fully retired persons, so-called unretirement, and whether the decision to resume work depends primarily on social or economic reasons. Using Swedish register data for already retired individuals older than 55, we find unretirement to vary between 6 and 14 per cent under two different definitions. Our results largely support an interpretation that unretirement is a life-style decision rather than a response to a realized negative economic situation post retirement. However, economic motives seem to be more important for younger pensioners.

Keywords: Retirement; Unretirement; Pensions; Labour supply

JEL-codes: J14; J26

41 pages, September 9, 2011

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