The role of work histories in explaining working after retirement

E. Dingemans, K. Möhring

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Background and Objectives:
Scientific studies on the predictors of working after retirement have mostly neglected to examine how the decision to work after retirement is embedded in previous labor-market history. We present an integrative framework based on life course theory to investigate the extent to which individuals’ work histories explain their decisions to work after retirement.
Research Design and Methods:
The data for thisstudy are retrieved from the Survey of Health, Aging and retirement in Europe (SHARE), combining information on life histories with
information on current retirement transitions. We estimate logistic models to examine how the characteristics of work history predict the probability of working after retirement.
The results show that 9 percent of retirees work past retirement in Europe and that the decision to do so is influenced by previous work history. Retirees who have had atypical work careers and those with high occupational status and flexible careers are particularly likely to participate in paid work after retirement.
Discussion and Implications: Work histo ries should not be neglected in research on the decision to work after retirement. It is especially important for this research to take account of work flexibility, which may result either from atypical employment or from job changes.


ConferenceBritish Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference
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