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Unpaid work around the retirement transition

In the Dutch participation society, it is perceived as important that citizens contribute to society in various ways. On the one hand, individuals are expected to take care of themselves and to be economically independent, for example by doing paid work. On the other hand, individuals are expected to care for and help others. For older workers, this may potentially result in conflicting pressures. They are encouraged to remain engaged in paid work until older ages and are likely to be needed in terms of help or care provision as well, given that many of them have aging parents and maturing children. This may result in role strain or role overload during preretirement years. After retirement, however, the meaning and impact of unpaid productive activities may change. Activities such as caregiving, looking after grandchildren, and volunteering may offer a way to successfully adjust to the role loss associated with retiring from paid work. The aim of this PhD project within the project "Ageing workers in an ageing society: Labour force transitions and work in late life" is to unravel how older workers shape and experience the engagement in unpaid work in the years around retirement and how this can be explained. To study the research questions, data of the NIDI Pension Panel Study (NPPS) will be analyzed.

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