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Reconstructing RetirementWork and Welfare in the UK and USA$
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David Lain

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326175

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326175.001.0001

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The capability to work at age 65+?

The capability to work at age 65+?

(p.105) Five The capability to work at age 65+?
Reconstructing Retirement

David Lain

Policy Press

In this chapter we examine the capability of individuals to work at age 65 to 74, with a focus on qualifications, health and caring responsibilities. This is based on analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the US Health and Retirement Study. In both countries qualifications increased the likelihood of working; college educated individuals were around twice as likely to work as those with below secondary qualifications. In addition, significant numbers of individuals faced health constraints on employment, with poor health reducing the likelihood of working most acutely for the low educated. The impact of a partners’ health on employment was mixed, perhaps because some continued working for financial reasons and others left to provide care. In sum, it is clear that work-capability issues make employment at age 65-plus challenging for significant numbers of individuals.

Keywords:   employment at age 65-plus, health, education, caring, work-capability

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