The Interaction between Retirement and Job Search: A Global Approach to Older Workers Employment

40 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2006

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Jean-Olivier Hairault

Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

François Langot

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP); Université du Maine - Groupe d' Analyse des Itineraires et Niveaux Salariaux (GAINS); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thepthida Sopraseuth

Université du Maine; University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP)

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical foundation and empirical evidence in favor of the view that the tax on continued activity not only decreases the participation rate by inducing early retirement, but also badly affects the employment rate of older workers just before early retirement age. Countries with an early retirement age at 60 also have lower employment rates for old workers aged 55-59. Based on the French Labor Force Survey, we show that the likelihood of employment is significantly affected by the distance from retirement, in addition to age and other relevant variables. We then extend McCall's (1970) job search model by explicitly integrating life-cycle features and retirement decisions. Using simulations, we show that the effective tax on continued activity caused by French social security system in conjunction with the generosity of unemployment benefits for older workers helps explain the low rate of employment just before the early retirement age. Decreasing this tax, thus bringing it closer to the actuarially-fair scheme, not only extends the retirement age, but also encourages a more intensive job-search by older unemployed workers.

Keywords: retirement, old workers, search, actuarial fairness

JEL Classification: J22, J26, H31

Suggested Citation

Hairault, Jean-Olivier and Langot, Francois and Sopraseuth, Thepthida, The Interaction between Retirement and Job Search: A Global Approach to Older Workers Employment (February 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1984. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887759

Jean-Olivier Hairault

Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne ( email )

12, place du Panthéon
Paris, IL
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Francois Langot

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP) ( email )

Ecole Normale Superieure
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France

Université du Maine - Groupe d' Analyse des Itineraires et Niveaux Salariaux (GAINS) ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Thepthida Sopraseuth (Contact Author)

Université du Maine ( email )

72085 Le Mans Cedex 9
France

University of Angers - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives d'Economie Mathematique Appliquees a la Planification (CEPREMAP)

Ecole Normale Superieure
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
France

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