Effects of pension benefits on pre-retirement labor supply: Evidence from Chile
This paper describes the effects of pension benefits on pre-retirement labor supplyfor a representative sample of Chilean workers. Using non-linearities in benefits and areform that changed non-contributory pensions, I estimate the effect of pension wealthand pension accrual rate on labor force and contributory-sector participation, earnings,and hours worked. I find that the response of labor supply to future pension benefitsis mostly through the effect of the pension accrual on the probability to contributeto the pension system. My results suggest that pension benefits affect labor supplyallocation, an effect that should be considered in the design of pension reforms.