Does postponing minimum retirement age improve healthy behaviors before retirement? Evidence from middle-aged Italian workers

Publication date: March 2018
Source:Journal of Health Economics, Volume 58
Author(s): Marco Bertoni, Giorgio Brunello, Gianluca Mazzarella
By increasing the residual working horizon of employed individuals, pension reforms that rise minimum retirement age can affect individual investment in health-promoting behaviors before retirement. Using the expected increase in minimum retirement age induced by a 2004 Italian pension reform and a difference-in-differences research design, we show that middle-aged Italian males affected by the reform reacted to the longer working horizon by increasing regular exercise, with positive consequences for obesity and self-reported satisfaction with health.