Does retirement age impact mortality?

J Health Econ. 2013 May;32(3):586-98. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2013.03.001. Epub 2013 Mar 13.


The relationship between retirement and mortality is studied with a unique administrative data set covering the full population of Norway. A series of retirement policy changes in Norway reduced the retirement age for a group of workers but not for others. Difference-in-differences estimation based on monthly birth cohorts and treatment group status show that the early retirement programme significantly reduced the retirement age; this holds true also when we account for programme substitution, for example into the disability pension. Instrumental variables estimation results show no effect on mortality of retirement age; neither do estimation results from a hazard rate model.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Cohort Studies
  • Empirical Research
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mortality / trends*
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Retirement / statistics & numerical data*