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This paper examines a wide range of determinants of retiree well-being of retirees. Using data from the 2000 Health and Retirement Study, increases in economic factors such as income lead to higher well-being, although relative income has a larger effect than absolute income. The strongest predictors are the voluntariness of entering retirement, pension characteristics, and health. Retirees “forced” to retire or have defined contribution pensions or bad health have significantly lower well-being. The results suggest a more nuanced approach in addressing retiree well-being than just a focus on the economic well-being of retirees.

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This page is a summary of: An analysis of well-being in retirement: The role of pensions, health, and ‘voluntariness’ of retirement, The Journal of Socio-Economics, August 2012, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.05.010.
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