Age, Gender, and the Retirement Process

Barbara Griffin, Vanessa Loh and Beryl Hesketh

in The Oxford Handbook of Retirement

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Age, Gender, and the Retirement Process

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This chapter considers the complex role of age and gender in the retirement process. Although typically used as control variables in research, we discuss relevant theories that might explain why both age and gender need to be considered as key drivers of the process, then review empirical findings related to their effect on retirement timing, on the various patterns of work and non-work that people choose when transitioning to full retirement, on the extent that people plan for retirement, and on their level of adjustment in retirement.

Keywords: retirement; age; gender; retirement planning; subjective life expectancy; older workers; bridge employment; phased retirement

Article.  10248 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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