Retirement, Pension Eligibility and Home Production

65 Pages Posted: 12 May 2016

Date Written: February 25, 2016

Abstract

I estimate the effect of retirement on housework by exploiting the discontinuity in pension eligibility generated by the Italian social security rules. Using microdata from the 2007 wave of the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), I show that women increase their time spent on home production by more than 400 minutes per week. For men, there is on average no evidence of a significant change, which differs from the results of studies in other countries. However, estimates are heterogeneous by marital status, suggesting that married men do not increase time spent on household production because they can rely on their spouses. I also discuss other possible explanations, in particular men dedicating their time to ‘semi-leisure chores’ that do not fall under the definition of housework used in SILC. Overall, results suggest that retirement does not lead to a more equal distribution of ‘core’ household chores between genders.

Keywords: Retirement, House Work, Regression Discontinuity

JEL Classification: J22, J26, D1

Suggested Citation

Ciani, Emanuele, Retirement, Pension Eligibility and Home Production (February 25, 2016). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 1056, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2777996

Emanuele Ciani (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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