Correlational findings

Study Montizaan (2010): study NL 2008

Male public sector workers, close to pre-retirement, age, facing change in pension rights, Netherlands, 2008-2009
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 5195
Non Response
Questionnaire: Conputer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI)
received a survey link by email


Authors's Label
Closeness to shock in pension rights
Our Classification
Early retirement was made less atractive - earliest age changed from 55 to 62 - average pension reduced from 70% to 60% of earlier income Reform decided in 2006, Happiness assessed in 2008 (T1) and 2009 (T2) when respondents had not yet retired
Distance in days between birthday and Januariy 1, cut-off point of being affected by cut in pre-pension reights or not.
A  Born in 1949, will not be affected
     Closeness to December 31
B  Born in 1950, will be affected
     Closeness to January 1

The closer, the more good/bad luck

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cg DM = +/- Negative among just affected (bad luck)
Positive among just not affected (relief)
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cg b = +.05 ns b (+.052) controled for
- shock in pension rights or not
- marital status
- yearly wage (log)
- years contributed to pension
- contractual work hours
- number of doctor visits per year
- year (2008 or 2009)