Han Ye How Does Additional Pension Benefit Affect Workers’ Retirement Timing?

Han Ye is Assistant Professor of Applied Public Economics at the University of Mannheim. A Research Associate with the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) and a Research Affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Han Ye completed her doctoral research at Boston University in 2018. Her research focuses on labor economics, public policy and the economics of aging.

Area of Research

Public Economics

since 2018

Assistant Professor

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim) (more details)

Department of Economics



Boston University


M.A. of Economics

Boston University



University of International Business and Economics, Beijing

- Journal of Public Economics

- Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics

- Economic Journal

- Journal of Policy Analysis and Management


- Dissertation Fellowship, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (2017- 2018)

- Mobility Grants for Young Female Researchers, University of Mannheim (2020)

- Summer Research Grant, Dept. of Economics, Boston University (2014)

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)

Mannheim, Germany

For generations, the University of Mannheim has been preparing students to take on leadership roles in business, academia, and society. One of the university’s strengths in this task is its profile, which is characterized by the economic and social sciences. It is in these fields that the University of Mannheim has repeatedly been ranked as one of the top 20 European research institutions. Key focuses of Mannheim researchers include decision-making processes and elections, governance, regulation, competition and innovation, migration and multilingualism, and the culture of change. The campus surrounding Mannheim’s baroque palace is a place where bright minds from across the globe come together to learn, discuss, research, and prepare to make their mark on the world.


The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS is a cooperation between the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it aims to analyze and provide policy proposals that address three key societal challenges: how to promote equality of opportunity; how to regulate markets in light of the internationalization and digitalization of economic activity; and how to safeguard the stability of the financial system.


With longevity increasing and public pensions shrinking, old age poverty is a pressing issue in many economies. Noting that this issue has particular impact on women, in this video, HAN YE explores the extent to which additional pension benefit affects workers’ decisions on when to retire. Focusing on a German pension subsidy scheme introduced in 1992, Han Ye’s study breaks new ground in its isolation of the causal impact of additional pension benefits from other variations in the pensions regime. Highlighting both flaws and benefits of the German scheme, Han Ye’s research opens important avenues for both researchers and public policy makers interested in optimal ways to address the issue of old age poverty.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10909

The Effect of Pension Subsidies on the Retirement Timing of Older Women

  • Han Ye
  • Published in 2020
Han Ye. "The Effect of Pension Subsidies on the Retirement Timing of Older Women." working paper in 2020.