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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
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2017-002. (2017).

DUDEL, C.; LÓPEZ GÓMEZ, M. A.; BENAVIDES, F.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
A lost generation? The financial crisis and the length of working life in Spain
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2016-010. (2016).

DUDEL, C.; MYRSKYLÄ, M.:
Recent trends in US working life expectancy at age 50 by gender, education, and race/ethnicity and the impact of the Great Recession
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2016-006. (2016).

PALJÄRVI, T.; MARTIKAINEN, P.; PENSOLA, T.; LEINONEN, T.; HERTTUA, K.; MÄKELÄ, P.:
Life course trajectories of labour market participation among young adults who experienced severe alcohol-related health outcomes: a retrospective cohort study, PLoS One 10:5, e0126215-e0126215 (2015).

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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