Optimal Retirement Age
Jonathan Barry Forman
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Bing Yung-Ping Chen
University of Massachusetts at Boston - Gerontology Institute
New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Forthcoming
What is the optimal retirement age? This paper looks at the optimal retirement age from various perspectives. Most of the current pension laws relating to retirement age were codified decades ago, and they have become badly out of date given what we now know about longevity, about health and work in old age, and about how pension policies influence retirement decisions. This paper provides some background about demography, health, and retirement; summarizes how current pension laws influence the design of pension plans and the timing of retirement; and looks at the optimal retirement age from the perspective of employers, government, and workers. This paper then offers some new perspectives on the relationship between demography and retirement age; discusses the implications for public policy; and offers recommendations about how to reform our pension laws so that pension plans comport with our ideas about optimal retirement age.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: universal pension, retirement, retirement age
JEL Classification: D10, H31, H24, J14, J18, J21, J26, K31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 25, 2008
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