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Labor Demography

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Increasing longevity and the decreasing worker-to-non-worker ratio are among the key demographic challenges facing the developed world. Encouraging people to work longer is a potential solution to the problems associated with these trends. Currently, however, little is known about how increasing longevity is distributed between work and retirement. To help fill this research gap, we analyze the trends and determinants of working life expectancy across the developing world. We take the full life course perspective, analyzing how the expansion of education has influenced entry into the labor force; how economic uncertainty, parental leave, and other sources of voluntary and involuntary inactivity during prime working ages influence population-level labor force participation; and how changes in health at older ages, as well as policy changes and shifts in economic opportunities, influence how long people remain in the workforce.Detailed description

 

Selected Publications

FINNIGAN, R.; HALE, J. M.:
Working 9 to 5? Unionization and work variability, 2004-2013
Social Forces, forthcoming. (2017).

DUDEL, C.:
Expanding the Markov chain tool box: distributions of occupation times and waiting times
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2017-017. (2017).

DUDEL, C.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Working life expectancy at age 50 in the US and the impact of the Great Recession
Demography (2017).

DUDEL, C.; LÓPEZ GÓMEZ, M. A.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.; BENAVIDES, F. G.:
The length of working life in Spain: levels, recent trends, and the impact of the financial crisis
European Journal of Population (2017). Forthcoming.

LEINONEN, T.; MARTIKAINEN, P.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Working life and retirement expectancies at age 50 by social class: period and cohort trends and projections for Finland
Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (2015).

 

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