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Extended Working Life Policies

International Gender and Health Perspectives

  • Addresses extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers
  • Provides an international discussion on the use of ‘policy toolkits’ in the field of ageing and employment
  • First volume combining theoretical, empirical and policy knowledge in relation to health and gender

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Table of contents (39 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Challenges and Opportunities for Extended Working Lives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: Key Issues and Policies for Extending Working Life

      • Jim Ogg, Martina Rašticová
      Pages 3-27Open Access
    3. Data Issues and Indicators

      • Tindara Addabbo, Michaela Gstrein, Renata Siemieńska
      Pages 47-68Open Access
    4. Policy Toolkits on Employment and Ageing: A Conceptual Framework

      • Nata Duvvury, Jonas Radl, E. K. Sarter, Simone Scherger, Jeroen Spijker
      Pages 69-83Open Access
    5. Problems and Prospects for Current Policies to Extend Working Lives

      • Debra Street, Áine Ní Léime
      Pages 85-113Open Access
  3. Extended Working Life Policies: Country Experiences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 115-115
    2. Albania

      • Merita Vaso Xhumari
      Pages 117-127Open Access
    3. Australia

      • Elizabeth Brooke
      Pages 129-139Open Access
    4. Austria

      • Barbara Haas, Michaela Gstrein, Roland Bildsteiner
      Pages 141-152Open Access
    5. Belgium

      • Nathalie Burnay, Patricia Vendramin
      Pages 153-162Open Access
    6. Bosnia and Herzogovina

      • Nurka Pranjić, Maja Račić
      Pages 163-172Open Access
    7. Bulgaria

      • Tihomira Trifonova, Kamellia Lillova
      Pages 173-182Open Access
    8. Chile

      • Ignacio Madero-Cabib, José De-Amesti, María-Soledad Herrera
      Pages 183-193Open Access
    9. Croatia

      • Siniša Zrinščak, Maja Vehovec, Drago Čengić
      Pages 195-204Open Access
    10. Cyprus

      • Petroula M. Mavrikiou
      Pages 205-215Open Access
    11. Czech Republic

      • Martina Rašticová, Monika Bédiová, Jana Mikušová, Aneta Krejčová, Jiří Černý
      Pages 217-227Open Access
    12. Denmark

      • Per H. Jensen
      Pages 229-239Open Access
    13. Estonia

      • Marge Unt, Margarita Kazjulja, Viivi Krönström
      Pages 241-249Open Access

About this book

This open access book addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with working longer. The volume starts with an overview of the empirical and policy literature; continues with a discussion of the relevant theoretical perspectives; includes a section on available data and indicators; followed by 25 very concise and unique country reports that highlight the main extended working life (EWL) research findings and policy trajectories at the national level. It identifies future directions for research and addresses issues associated with effective policy-making. This volume fills an important gap in the knowledge of the consequences of EWL and it will be an invaluable source for both researchers and policymakers. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Life Course and Society, National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland

    Áine Ní Léime

  • CNAV, l’Unité de Recherche sur le Vieillisseme, PARIS, France

    Jim Ogg

  • Department of Law and Humanity Sciences, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic

    Martina Rašticová

  • Department of Sociology, University at Buffalo, State University, Buffalo, USA

    Debra Street

  • Department of Social and Psychological Studies, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden

    Clary Krekula

  • Department of Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic

    Monika Bédiová

  • Institute of Sociology and Department of Public Health, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

    Ignacio Madero-Cabib

About the editors

Áine Ní Léime is Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was Chair of COST Action IS1409, an international research network on Gender, Health and Extended Working Life (2015-2019). Her current research focuses on older workers, gender and extended working life. She is currently Principal Investigator for Ireland on a NORFACE funded project comparing experiences of older workers in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. She is editor of Gender, Ageing and Extended Working Life: Cross-National Perspectives (2017), a Special Issue of Ageing & Society and several journal articles on these topics.


Jim Ogg is Head of the Ageing Research Unit at the National Pension Fund (Caisse nationale d’assurance vieillesse), Paris, France and Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University. His research focuses on the sociology of thefamily in the context of ageing populations, the transition to retirement, social exclusion and housing environments. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Retraite et Société and was previously the Deputy Editor of Ageing & Society.


Debra Street is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, United States of America. Author of 80+ articles, chapters, and working papers; a monograph; and co-editor of three books, Street researches the challenges of aging societies, particularly health and income security over the life course. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and recipient of the UB Gender Institute Janice L. Moritz Distinguished Lecturer and the CISP Outstanding Contributions to International Education awards. Street’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the International Council for Canadian Studies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Clary Krekula is Professor of Sociology at Karlstad University. Her research focuses on critical age studies, ageing from an intersectional perspective, and time and temporality. She runs the national network AgeS: The Swedish Research Network on Age. She is currently conducting research on dynamics of inequality across the life course, self-employment later in life and the social and corporeal aspects of dancing among older people. She is co-editor of Gender, Ageing and Extended Working Life. Cross-National Perspectives (2017) and Introduction to Critical Age Studies (2017).


Martina Rašticová is Head of Department of Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic. Her recent research is in age management, extended working life and work-life balance.


Monika Bédiová is a Researcher at the Department of Law and Humanity Sciences, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. She has been working on research projects, publishing and her main research areas include diversity management and the issue of active aging in the Czech Republic. She is the co-author of the monograph Work or Retire? (2018).


Ignacio Madero-Cabib is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. He serves as Deputy Director of the Center ‘Millennium Nucleus for the study of the Life Course and Vulnerability (MLIV)’ (http://mliv.cl). His current research focuses on the impact of cumulative social advantages and disadvantages on vulnerability among older people in different countries.







Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Extended Working Life Policies

  • Book Subtitle: International Gender and Health Perspectives

  • Editors: Áine Ní Léime, Jim Ogg, Martina Rašticová, Debra Street, Clary Krekula, Monika Bédiová, Ignacio Madero-Cabib

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40985-2

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-40984-5Published: 29 February 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-40987-6Published: 18 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-40985-2Published: 28 February 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 515

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social Policy, Sociology of Work, Employee Health and Wellbeing, Aging, Gender Studies

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