Do Stronger Age Discrimination Laws Make Social Security Reforms More Effective?

48 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2011 Last revised: 24 Sep 2022

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David Neumark

University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Joanne Song McLaughlin

University at Buffalo

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Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

Supply-side Social Security reforms intended to increase employment and delay benefit claiming among older individuals may be frustrated by age discrimination. We test for policy complementarities between these reforms and demand-side efforts to deter age discrimination, specifically studying whether stronger state-level age discrimination protections enhanced the impact of the 1983 Social Security reforms that increased the Full Retirement Age (FRA) and reduced benefits. The evidence indicates that, for older individuals for whom early retirement benefits fell and the FRA increased, stronger state age discrimination protections were associated with delayed benefit claiming and increases in employment, with benefit claiming pushed from 65 to the new FRA, and increased employment after age 62 and age 65 that is then curtailed at the new FRA.

Suggested Citation

Neumark, David and McLaughlin, Joanne, Do Stronger Age Discrimination Laws Make Social Security Reforms More Effective? (September 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17467, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1935793

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