older warehouse worker Hasthe availability of coverage under the Affordable Care Act spurredan increase in retirement by older workers? (Photo:Shutterstock)

If older workers have access to health careoutside the workplace, do they choose to retire rather than keepworking? Employers struggling to fill vacancies in a tightlabor market might be wondering, concerned that the pool of olderworkers they have to draw on is shrinking. However, such does notappear to be the case.

A working paper from the Michigan Retirement andDisability Research Center at the University of Michigan looked atthe figures to see whether the availability of coverage under theAffordable Care Act spurred an increase inretirement by older workers—and found, surprisingly, that theanswer was in the negative.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.