Spousal, Family and Gender Effects on Expected Retirement Age for Married Pre-retirees
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The overall purpose of this study was to examine the degree to which retirement is a contextually embedded, family decision rather than an individualized, male-centric one. Using data from a 2010 survey of married pre-retirees ages 35–70 in Michigan, US, we created a General Linear Model to predict expected retirement age. The model incorporated the effect of spousal and family variables on expected retirement age, and because the work/family interface is highly gendered, we explored interactions with gender. The study used a life course perspective in its framing and analysis, and found that expected retirement age was related to both personal and family characteristics and that the relationship of spousal and family factors were gendered and complex.
KeywordsRetirement decision making Family financial decision making Gender and retirement
Funding was provided by Michigan Applied Public Policy Initiative.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest relating to this research study.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.
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