Work-Life Balance and Labor Force Attachment at Older Ages

TitleWork-Life Balance and Labor Force Attachment at Older Ages
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAngrisani, M, Casanova, M, Meijer, E
JournalJournal of Labor Research
ISSN Number01953613
KeywordsGender difference, health shock, Job characteristic, Retirement

We use data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine the role of work-life balance as a non-monetary determinant of retirement transitions, conditional on job attributes such as hours of work, compensation, and benefits. We rely on self-reported measures of work-life conflict to proxy for low levels of work-life balance. We show that high levels of work-life conflict are significantly associated with subsequent reductions in labor supply for workers aged 51 to 79, and document heterogeneity by gender and employment status. Moreover, work-life conflict moderates labor supply responses to spousal health shocks. Workers who report higher levels of work-life conflict are significantly more likely to reduce their labor supply in the two years following a spouse's health shock, and this effect is once more heterogeneous. The moderating effect of work-life conflict is stronger for women than men and, among female workers, stronger for those employed part-time at baseline.

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