Hours Flexibility and Retirement

17 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2007

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Kerwin Kofi Charles

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Philip DeCicca

McMaster University - Department of Economics; Ball State--Department of Economics


Data from the Health and Retirement Study indicate that hours constraints are a common feature of jobs held by workers nearing retirement. We present a simple model that predicts that workers who are not free to lower their usual hours of work should be more likely than their unconstrained counterparts to retire by some future date. Our estimates, which are robust to various specifications, support this prediction. The amount by which being hours constrained is estimated to raise retirement probabilities is nearly as large as the effect of being in relatively poor health, suggesting an economically significant effect.

Suggested Citation

Charles, Kerwin Kofi and DeCicca, Philip, Hours Flexibility and Retirement. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 251-267, April 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2006.00009.x

Kerwin Kofi Charles (Contact Author)

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Philip DeCicca

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4

Ball State--Department of Economics ( email )

United States

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