Unending Work

Annika Sundén

in The Oxford Handbook of Pensions and Retirement Income

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199272464
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Unending Work

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This article discusses the transition to retirement and how it might evolve in the future to provide adequate income for workers as well as meeting the demands of employers. Several factors are identified as important for workers' willingness to continue working: economic incentives in pension systems, labour-market legislation, and flexibility. On the demand side, the cost of older workers and employers' attitudes play a crucial role. The article is organized as follows: the first section summarizes labour-force participation among workers approaching retirement in the OECD countries. The next two sections discuss reasons why older workers might be likely to increase their labour supply in the future. The article then looks at the demand side and asks whether employers will hire older workers.

Keywords: economic incentive; pension system; older workers; labour force; OECD countries; labour supply

Article.  6872 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics

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