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    Increasing the State Pension Age, the Recession and Expected Retirement Ages

    Barrett, Alan and Mosca, Irene (2013) Increasing the State Pension Age, the Recession and Expected Retirement Ages. The Economic and Social Review, 44 (4). pp. 447-472. ISSN 0012-9984

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    In March 2010, the Irish government announced that the age at which the state pension is paid would be raised to 66 in 2014, 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. One typical objective of such policy reforms is to provide an incentive for later retirement. The question we address in this paper is whether the expected retirement ages of Irish individuals aged 50 to 64 changed as a result of the policy announcement. The data we use are from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Our findings show that there was no noticeable break in expected retirement ages before and after 3 March, 2010 (the day on which the policy announcement was made). Also during 2010, the economic news became increasingly bad as the full scale of the fiscal and banking crises in Ireland emerged. The data suggest that there was a reduction in the proportion of people planning to retire at age 65 after 30 September, 2010, the day that the full scale of the banking crisis emerged.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Impact; Economics; Expectations; Sociology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 11386
    Depositing User: Irene Mosca
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 15:38
    Journal or Publication Title: The Economic and Social Review
    Publisher: Tara
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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