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date: 07 March 2021

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When an Article III federal judge concludes their active service on the bench, she effectively abdicates her seat and enables the president and Senate to choose her successor. Some judicial scholars argue that political factors motivate this decision. More recent scholarship, however, provide strong evidence that judicial pensions largely explain how long a judge maintains active status. By comparison, political and institutional factors do not have a meaningful effect. At the same time, judges, when ending active status, remain on the bench as senior judges notwithstanding the small financial incentives to chose it over full retirement. Taken together, judges’ behave rationally, while at the same time exhibiting strong institutional commitment to the federal bench.

Keywords: judicial behavior, judicial tenure, pensions, retirement, active status, senior status

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