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Delaying retirement: Confronting responses of employees and employers

In this project, co-funded by Netspar, we study how labor market and pension institutions (e.g., mandatory retirement, public pension age linked to life expectancy), employers’ policies and different organizational climates affect a more flexible transition from work to retirement. We study both the supply side and the demand side of the labor market.

On the supply side, data from the NIDI Pension Panel (with more than 6500 employees aged 60-65 working in over 1500 organizations in the construction, healthcare, and public sector) will be analyzed. We utilize the multilevel structure of the data (with older workers nested in organizations) to study how organizational policies and practices affect individual employee’s retirement attitudes and behavior. These data also allow us to study the effect of abolishing mandatory retirement on retirement preferences and behavior of employees and behavior supporting prolonged employment of managers, since the mandatory retirement age was relaxed for civil servants, but not for older workers in other sectors.

On the demand side, survey data has been collected among more than 1300 Dutch employers. These data provide information about economic and social forces behind recruitment and retention practices, but also about age-related stereotypes and workplace-related age norms of employers. We will analyze in what ways employers have adapted their policies and practices regarding older workers and prolonged employment in response to population ageing and policy reforms that have led to longer working lives.

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