Delaying Retirement

Progress and Challenges of Active Ageing in Europe, the United States and Japan

  • Dirk Hofäcker
  • Moritz Hess
  • Stefanie König

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Sonia Bertolini, Nicola De Luigi, Barbara Giullari, Valentina Goglio, Roberto Rizza, Federica Santangelo
    Pages 97-122
  3. Lisa Schmidthuber, Heike Schröder, Edmund Panzenböck
    Pages 195-219
  4. Matt Flynn, Yuxin Li
    Pages 221-240
  5. Masa Higo, Heike Schröder, Atsuhiro Yamada
    Pages 241-268
  6. Stefanie König, Gabriella Sjögren Lindquist
    Pages 315-335
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 379-396

About this book


To a backdrop of ageing societies, pension crises and labour market reforms, this book investigates how the policy shift from early retirement to active ageing has affected individual retirement behaviour. Focusing on eleven European countries, the United States and Japan, it brings together leading international experts to analyze recent changes in pension systems. Their findings demonstrate that there has been a fundamental transition in pension policies and a steep increase in older workers’ retirement ages and employment rates. Yet changes in retirement behavior are not evenly distributed across all societal strata. This raises the serious concern that an overall rise in the retirement age will be accompanied by the re-emergence of social inequality in the transition from work to retirement. This innovative edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, economics, political science, human resources management, gerontology and social policy, and also to policy-makers and professionals dealing with older workers. 


Pensions Social Inequality International comparison Labour market policy EU USA Japan

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Hofäcker
    • 1
  • Moritz Hess
    • 2
  • Stefanie König
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Gerontology at the Technical University of DortmundDortmundGermany
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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