CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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Chile: Early retirement, impatience and risk aversion

About one third of all Chileans take early retirement. As retirement age approaches, people become more aware of the health issues associated with that stage of life. This reduces their uncertainty about their future quality of life and may lead to a relative increase in impatience. This article offers a theoretical examination of how future life expectancy affects relative levels of impatience in ways that may increase the probability of early retirement. The empirical findings for Chile show that the greater people’s future life expectancy is, the less likely they will be to take early retirement. The article also looks at how risk aversion increases relative impatience as a consequence of people’s uncertainty as to whether or not they will enjoy a good quality of life in the years ahead. The empirical findings point to a positive correlation between risk aversion and early retirement via the mechanism of life expectancy.

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