The Demography of Aging and Retirement

Felicia Wheaton and Eileen M. Crimmins

in The Oxford Handbook of Retirement

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746521
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Demography of Aging and Retirement

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The United States is both aging and becoming more diverse. To understand the phenomenon of retirement, it is necessary to understand not only the demographic changes that are currently underway but also projections of change in the coming decades. This chapter examines how demography has intersected with public policy, as well as the characteristics of retirees and family dynamics, to shape retirement in the recent past and currently. Combining demographic projections with current knowledge about incentives and disincentives to work or retire allows extrapolation to potential scenarios for the future of retirement.

Keywords: retirement; demographics; population; policy

Article.  11578 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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