Government Transfers, Work, and Wellbeing: Evidence from the Russian Old-Age Pension

  • Louise Grogan
  • Fraser Summerfield
Original Paper


This paper examines the impacts of a large and anticipated government transfer, the Russian old-age pension, on labor supply, home production, and subjective wellbeing. The discontinuity in eligibility at pension age is exploited for inference. The 2006–2011 Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey is employed. At pension age, women reduce market work and appear to increase home production. They report increased wellbeing. Men reduce labor supply without any apparent increase in wellbeing. Pension receipt does not impact household composition.


Labor supply Pensions Subjective wellbeing Fuzzy regression discontinuity 

JEL Classification

I31 J22 J26 Z13 



The authors thank the Editor and two anonymous referees for very helpful suggestions. The authors are also grateful for comments from Mike Hoy, Xin Jin, Erzo Luttmer, Paul Oyer, Miana Plesca, John Skåtun, Casey Warman and participants of the 2015 Canadian Economics Association and Southern Economics Association annual meetings. We also thank seminar participants at Acadia University, Dalhousie University, the University of Aberdeen, University of Guelph, Lakehead University, University of Vermont, ZEW Mannheim and the Bank of Canada.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceUniversity of Guelph (Canada)GuelphCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)BonnGermany
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsSt. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada
  4. 4.Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA)WaterlooCanada

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