Retirement Rigidities and the Gap Between Effective and Desired Labour Supply by Older Workers
33 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 1, 2018
Our paper analyses the observed and desired labour supply of older workers and (recent) retirees in a country (Italy) with limited opportunities for exible work schedules. For this purpose, we use a unique dataset drawn from the Bank of Italy's Survey on Household Income and Wealth (SHIW) providing information on both desired and actual working hours. Our empirical analysis documents the gap between older individuals' desired and observed labour supply at both the extensive and the intensive margins and traces it back to gender, education and family composition. The paper provides useful insights into the potential effectiveness of policies such as gradual retirement and part-time work in increasing older workers' employment.
Keywords: Retirement, desired labour supply, exible retirement
JEL Classification: J26, J14
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