Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 677–696 | Cite as

Can adult education delay retirement from the labour market?

  • Anders StenbergEmail author
  • Xavier de Luna
  • Olle Westerlund
Original Paper


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 



The authors wish to thank seminar participants at the European Society for Population Economics 2008 conference and especially two anonymous referees and the editor in charge who helped us improve the quality of the manuscript. We also gratefully acknowledge financial support from The Swedish Research Council through the Ageing and Living Condition (ALC) program and the Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM) at Umeå University, and The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Stenberg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xavier de Luna
    • 2
    • 3
  • Olle Westerlund
    • 4
  1. 1.SOFIStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3.IFAUUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Department of EconomicsUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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