Original Paper

Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 677-696

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Can adult education delay retirement from the labour market?

  • Anders StenbergAffiliated withSOFI, Stockholm University Email author 
  • , Xavier de LunaAffiliated withDepartment of Statistics, Umeå UniversityIFAU
  • , Olle WesterlundAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Umeå University

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We examine whether adult education delays retirement to potentially increase labour force participation among the elderly, a mechanism suggested in the OECD strategy for “active ageing” and the “Lisbon strategy” of the EU. Using register data from Sweden, we analyse transcripts from adult education for the period 1979–2004 and annual earnings 1982–2004. We match samples of treated individuals, in adult education 1986–1989, and untreated on the propensity score. The timing of exit from the workforce is assessed by non-parametric estimation of survival rates in the labour force. The results indicate no effects of adult education on the timing of retirement.


Human capital Labour supply Pensions

JEL Classification

H52 H55 I28