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Home | Events Archive | Prolonging working life and its impact on work disability applications across socioeconomic groups

Prolonging working life and its impact on work disability applications across socioeconomic groups

  • Series
    Health Economics Seminars
  • Speaker
    Raun van Ooijen (University of Groningen)
  • Field
    Empirical Microeconomics
  • Location
    Polak 3-18
  • Date and time

    June 09, 2022
    12:00 - 13:00


Over the last few decades, many OECD countries have introduced pension reforms to encourage later retirement. While increasing the retirement age keeps the pension system sustainable, older workers with health problems may find it challenging to prolong their working life and involuntarily exit the labor market via disability benefits. We examine the impact of abolishing early retirement and increasing the normal retirement age on disability applications in the Netherlands using a regression discontinuity approach. We use unique registry data on disability assessments linked to employers’ payroll administration to measure workers’ disability application rates. We find that both the abolishment of early retirement and a three to four months increase in the normal retirement doubled the disability application rate for individuals aged 60+. Lower-income workers experienced the most significant increase in the disability application rate. Heterogeneity in effects across sectors suggests that a large share of lower-income workers in demanding occupations already moved out of the labor force a few years before reaching the normal retirement age.

This event will take place in hybrid form. Join the zoom session here: