The Future of Age Integration in Unemployment

TitleThe Future of Age Integration in Unemployment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHenretta, JC
JournalThe Gerontologist
Call Numberpubs_2000_Henretta_JGer.pdf
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Employment and Labor Force, Methodology, Other, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Social Security

This article discusses the direction and implications of current and possible future trends in workplace age integration. The study used HRS respondents' attitudes towards work as a way of examining the possible supply of older workers. Overall, there are a number of underlying trends that will combine in the near future that will likely result in an increase of older persons remaining in the work force for longer. The shifting population age composition and the high education and ability levels of the cohorts born around 1950 are some of the trends that contribute to the increased demand for older workers. Other trends, such as changes in Social Security eligibility ages, the shift to DC pension plans, and the improving health of older cohorts, contribute to the increase in the supply of older workers. HRS data indicate that an overwhelming majority, 77 of men and 71 of women, say that they would like to continue some paid work when they retire. Evidence also suggests that since job flexibility among this cohort is limited, that either significant job changing from pre-retirement to postretirement jobs will be required, or significant job redesign must occur.

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Adult/Employment/Trends/Female/Human/Intergenerational Relations/Middle Age/Population Dynamics/Retirement/Social Security/Support, U.S. Government--PHS/United States

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