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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181b6107c
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The Effects of Workforce‐Shaping Tools on Retirement: The Case of the Department of Defense Civil Service

Asch, Beth J. PhD; Haider, Steven J. PhD; Zissimopoulos, Julie M. PhD

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Abstract

Apriority area for the public health workforce research agenda is the study of the public health labor market and how wages and benefits affect workforce outcomes, including recruiting, retention, and retirement. This study provides an example of such a study for the Department of Defense civil service workforce. We analyze the financial incentives to retire that are specifically embedded in the retirement system and how different workforce-shaping policies would affect these incentives. The study then uses a recently estimated model of the effects of financial incentives on retirement behavior among defense civilians to predict how these workforce-shaping tools would affect retirement behavior. We find that buyouts, retention incentives, and other workforce-shaping tools have a sizable effect on predicted retirement behavior and therefore, could be useful policies to help manage retirement outflows.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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