Atalay and Barrett ( Review of Economics and Statistics 2015, 97 (1): 71-87) study an Australian reform that increased women's pension age from 60 to 65. Using repeated surveys and a differences-in-differences design in which males form the comparison group, they estimate that the reform increased female labor force participation by 12 percentage points. I successfully replicate this estimate but show, using earlier data, that the parallel-trends assumption did not hold before the reform because of a female-specific participation trend across cohorts. Accounting for this trend, the estimated effect on female participation falls by two-thirds and becomes statistically insignificant at conventional levels.
01.08.2019 - 31.12.2020 / Life-Cycle Decisions
In Cooperation with MEA
Large Response to Delayed Eligibility or a Pre-Existing Trend in Female Participation? Re-Examining an Australian Pension Reform
Presentations and Contributions