Why Singles Prefer to Retire Later

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Abstract

This study goes beyond a purely financial perspective to explain why single older workers prefer to retire later than their partnered counterparts. We aim to show how the work (i.e., its social meaning) and home domain (i.e., spousal influence) contribute to differences in retirement preferences by relationship status. Analyses were based on multiactor data collected in 2015 among older workers in the Netherlands (N = 6,357) and (where applicable) their spouses. Results revealed that the social meaning of work differed by relationship status but not always as expected. In a mediation analysis, we found that the social meaning of work partically explained differences in retirement preferences by relationship status. We also show that single workers preferred to retire later than workers with a “pulling” spouse, earlier than workers with a “pushing” spouse, and at about the same time as workers with a neutral spouse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936–960
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume41
Issue number10
Early online date09 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • gender
  • marital status
  • older worker
  • retirement
  • decision-making

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