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April 2005

Labour Force Behavior of Men and Women in Elderly Two-Adult Households

Evidence from EU Countries

This paper studies the effect of individual and spousal characteristics on the labor force participation of individuals living in elderly two-adult households. It studies men and women separately, uses the first eight waves (1994-2001) of the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), and compares results from Finland, Belgium and Germany. It finds that a wife exerts a stronger influence on a husband’s retirement decision than vice versa.

© 2005 Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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Author:

Matthias Deschryvere

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92-9079-560-3

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7

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The appendices list tables and figures, a brief description of the Belgian, Finnish and German pension systems, and a figure outlining the relationship between health and labor force participation.

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