We study the retirement efects on mental health using a fuzzy regression discontinuity design based on the eligibility age to the state pension in the Netherlands. We fnd that the mental efects are heterogeneous by gender and marital status. Retirement of partnered men positively afects mental health of both themselves and their partners. Partnered female retirement has hardly any efect on their own mental health or the mental health of their partners. Single persons retirement does not seem to have an efect on their mental health status.

Retirement · Health · Well-being · Happiness · Regression discontinuity design
Social Security and Public Pensions (jel H55), Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped (jel J14), Retirement; Retirement Policies (jel J26)
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10645-020-09369-8, hdl.handle.net/1765/132542
De Economist
Department of Applied Economics

van Ours, J.C, & Picchio, M. (2020). Mental health effects of retirement. De Economist, 168(3), 319–352. doi:10.1007/s10645-020-09369-8