The Role of Bridge Jobs in the Retirement Transition: Gender, Race and Ethnicity

TitleThe Role of Bridge Jobs in the Retirement Transition: Gender, Race and Ethnicity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsQuinn, JF, Kozy, M
JournalThe Gerontologist
Volume36
Issue3
Pagination363-372
Call Numberpubs_1996_Quinn_JGer.pdf
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status, Net Worth and Assets, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Women and Minorities
Abstract

This paper uses the first wave of HRS data to describe the retirement patterns of the 1990s and to investigate whether these patterns differ by race and ethnicity. Results demonstrate that retirement patterns are varied, even within narrowly defined age groups. Many Americans, probably more in the future, are choosing to retire gradually and are turning to bridge jobs as a transitional stage between a career job and complete labor force withdrawal. There are in fact differences in how people leave the labor force by race and ethnicity, although they do not fall into an obvious pattern. This wave of data shows that Hispanic men are more likely than both white and black men to be on or have last worked on a bridge job. Among women, blacks are least likely to have last worked on a bridge job. Further research on these results is planned for when the future waves of HRS data become available.

Endnote Keywords

Bridge Jobs/Labor Force Participation/Retirement Planning/Health Status/Economic Status/Blacks/Hispanics/Women

Endnote ID

8042

Citation Key6557