Retirement Transitions in Times of Institutional Change: Theoretical Concept

Chapter

Abstract

For more than three decades, many European and other affluent societies have been following a trend of fostering older workers’ exit from employment well before reaching formal retirement ages. Yet, faced with demographic aging, many countries have undergone a substantial change in their policies toward older workers, reflected in a shift to a policy explicitly fostering longer working careers and employment retention of older workers. This introductory chapter takes this institutional shift as a starting point for developing a novel theoretical framework that conceptualizes work and retirement transitions within this changing institutional landscape.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesUniversidad Carlos III deMadridSpain

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