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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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Pathways to working at age 65+

Pathways to working at age 65+

(p.75) Four Pathways to working at age 65+
Reconstructing Retirement

David Lain

Policy Press

This chapter examines the pathways to working at age 65-plus. It presents an analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the US Health and Retirement Study. This focuses on individuals aged 65 to 74 in 2012, and traces their employment histories back to 2002. The findings challenge the policy assumption that extending working lives is as straightforward as getting individuals to stay on in their jobs for a few more years. Higher US employment, compared with England, was not simply the result of people in long-term jobs staying on beyond 65. Americans were also more likely to move into new jobs in older age and/or return to work after an absence. The wider US literature nevertheless suggests that fewer people work ‘in retirement’ than expect to. Realistic opportunities to work at 65-plus are therefore likely to be less certain than policy assumes.

Keywords:   working at age 65-plus, retirement, work in retirement, US Health and Retirement Study, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

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