Research Group

Labor Demography

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The Financial Crisis and the Length of Working Life

Conducted by Mikko Myrskylä; Christian Dudel, Angelo Lorenti; in Collaboration with Jo Mhairi Hale (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)

Detailed Description

The literature has paid scant attention to lifetime spent in employment, and this despite the fact that it is a major predictor of pension incomes and a summary indicator of working-life trajectories. It is not well understood how the length of working life depends on and fluctuates with macroeconomic conditions. In this project, we use the exogenous shock of the recent financial crisis as a setting to study how working-life expectancy reacts to economic downturns and to assess how the effect of the crisis is mediated by socioeconomic variables and their intersections. We also address methodological questions and develop new multistate methods.

Research Keywords:

Aging, Mortality and Longevity, Economics, Employment, Retirement


Hale, J. M.; Dudel, C.; Lorenti, A.:
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2020-028. (2020)    
Lorenti, A.; Dudel, C.; Myrskylä, M.:
Social Indicators Research 142:1, 283–303. (2019)    
Dudel, C.:
Sociological Methods and Research, 1–28. (2018)    
Dudel, C.; López Gómez, M. A.; Benavides, F. G.; Myrskylä, M.:
European Journal of Population 34:5, 769–791. (2018)    
Dudel, C.; Myrskylä, M.:
N-IUSSP, Paris. (2018)    
Dudel, C.:
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2017-017. (2017)    
Dudel, C.; López Gómez, M. A.; Benavides, F. G.; Myrskylä, M.:
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2016-010. (2016)    
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