|Title||Divergent pathways? Racial/ethnic differences in older women's labor force withdrawal.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Brown, TH, Warner, DF|
|Journal||J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci|
|Date Published||2008 May|
|Keywords||Aged, Black People, Demography, Disability Evaluation, Disabled Persons, Employment, ethnicity, Hispanic or Latino, Humans, Middle Aged, Retirement, United States|
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate how women's labor force withdrawal behavior varies across race/ethnicity and to identify life course factors that generate these differences.
METHODS: Using a sample of 7,235 women from the 1992-2004 Health and Retirement Study, we estimated cross-sectional multinomial logit models to explore racial/ethnic differences in labor force status at first interview. We then examined the prospective risk of exiting the labor force via retirement, work disability, or death using discrete-time hazard models.
RESULTS: Black and Hispanic women had twice the odds of Whites of being work-disabled at first interview. Whereas younger minorities had lower odds of being retired at first interview, older minorities had higher odds. The prospective results showed that both Blacks and Hispanics had higher risks of work disability but not of retirement or of dying in the labor force. Overall, racial/ethnic differences in mid- and later life work behavior stemmed primarily from disparities in life course capital.
DISCUSSION: This study shows that substantial racial/ethnic disparities in labor force exit behavior have already emerged by midlife. It is important to note that distinguishing between alternative pathways out of the labor force demonstrates that work disability is a more common experience for Black and Hispanic women than for Whites.
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Women/Labor Force Participation/Racial Differences/Ethnic Groups
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|Alternate Journal||J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC6386453|
|Grant List||T32 AG000155 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States |
T32 AG000048 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD050959-06 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
T32 HD007514 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD050959-07 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States