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Delaying Retirement

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

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides a much-needed international and comparative perspective on pensions and ageing

  • Takes the discussion beyond push and pull factors to highlight the complexity of retirement decisions

  • Considers macro, micro and meso drivers to innovative effect

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Retirement in a Context of Strong Institutional Uncertainty and Territorial Diversities: The Case of Italy

    • Sonia Bertolini, Nicola De Luigi, Barbara Giullari, Valentina Goglio, Roberto Rizza, Federica Santangelo
    Pages 97-122
  3. Retirement Determinants in Austria: An Aging Society but a Hesitant Policymaker!?

    • Lisa Schmidthuber, Heike Schröder, Edmund Panzenböck
    Pages 195-219
  4. Employment and Retirement of Older Workers in the UK

    • Matt Flynn, Yuxin Li
    Pages 221-240
  5. Japan: Determinants of Retirement in a Hyper-Aged Society

    • Masa Higo, Heike Schröder, Atsuhiro Yamada
    Pages 241-268
  6. Sweden: Steeply Rising Older Workers’ Employment Rates in a Late-Exit Country

    • 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. 

Keywords

  • Pensions
  • Social Inequality
  • International comparison
  • Labour market policy
  • EU
  • USA
  • Japan

Reviews

“This unique book offers an excellent and comprehensive overview of recent pension and labor market reforms and the way in which they have affected retirement transitions of older workers in thirteen countries. The book not only provides an impressive synthesis of the state of the art in the discussion about ‘Active Ageing’, but also proposes a novel and innovative theoretical framework to scientifically analyse retirement transitions under changing contextual conditions.  This is an indispensable text for scientist, students, and practitioners in the fields of pension and retirement research.” (Gerd Naegele, Director, Institute of Gerontology, TU Dortmund University, Germany)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

    Dirk Hofäcker

  • Institute of Gerontology at the Technical University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

    Moritz Hess

  • Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Stefanie König

About the editors

Dirk Hofäcker is Professor of Quantitative Research Methods at the Institute for Social Policy and Social Work, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. 

Moritz Hess is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Dortmund, Germany. 

Stefanie König is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Delaying Retirement

  • Book Subtitle: Progress and Challenges of Active Ageing in Europe, the United States and Japan

  • Editors: Dirk Hofäcker, Moritz Hess, Stefanie König

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56697-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-56696-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-84969-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-56697-3

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 385

  • Number of Illustrations: 46 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Ageing, Sociology of Work, Social Structure, Social Policy, Social Choice and Welfare

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-56697-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)