A paper examined transitions out of work for 26 European Union countries over the period 20042009 in order to identify the determinants of retirement. Income, together with flexible working arrangements, was found to be important as regards early retirement decisions, compared with retiring beyond the legal retirement age. Institutional measures (such as state/health benefits and minimum retirement age) could not be sufficient by themselves if individuals withdrew earlier from the labour market due to a weakening of their health.
Source: Ted Aranki and Corrado Macchiarelli, Employment Duration and Shifts into Retirement in the EU, LEQS Paper 58/2013, London School of Economics
An article examined labour market and family experiences from late adolescence to retirement age among a group of older adults, and how these experiences were related to economic resources and health at age 65. Five latent life paths broadly characterized the work and family experiences of older adults in the sample. They were distinguished by gender, labour market and family care activities, marital status, and the presence of children in the household. Better economic resource and mental health outcomes were found among the pathways describing predominantly male experiences: but the heterogeneity of women's experiences should also be noted, and their implications for economic and health outcomes at retirement age.
Source: Laurie Corna and Amanda Sacker, 'A lifetime of experience: modeling the labour market and family histories of older adults in Britain', Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, Volume 4 Number 1
A paper examined transitions out of work for 26 European Union countries over the period 2004–2009 in order to investigate the determinants of retirement.
Source: Ted Aranki and Corrado Macchiarelli, Employment Duration and Shifts into Retirement in the EU, Working Paper 1517, European Central Bank
A report set out a series of policy recommendations aimed at achieving the many potential benefits from active ageing in European workplaces.
Source: Laura Naegele, Eric Thode, and Claire Deret, Creating Second Career Labour Markets: Towards more employment opportunities for older workers, European Policy Centre (Brussels)/Bertelsmann Stiftung
A special issue of a journal examined issues affecting the future of work and retirement in the United Kingdom and Europe, including developments in the policy arena, factors influencing career decisions in middle and late life, and changing transitions from work to retirement.
Source: Human Relations, Volume 66 Number 1
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