Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 677–696

Can adult education delay retirement from the labour market?

  • Anders Stenberg
  • Xavier de Luna
  • Olle Westerlund
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00148-010-0350-8

Cite this article as:
Stenberg, A., de Luna, X. & Westerlund, O. J Popul Econ (2012) 25: 677. doi:10.1007/s00148-010-0350-8


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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Stenberg
    • 1
  • 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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