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Time for Retirement

Time for Retirement
Comparative Studies of Early Exit from the Labor Force


Martin Kohli, Martin Rein, Klaus Jacobs, Bert de Vroom, Martin Blomsma, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Frank Laczko, Chris Phillipson, Harold L. Sheppard, Eskil Wadensjö, Julia Szalai, Herman van Gunsteren.
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  • Date Published: March 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423649

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  • In all Western countries, people are leaving work earlier than ever before – at a time when their life expectancy keeps increasing. How has this paradoxical process been brought about? What is the impact of labour markets and social policy? And what will be the effect of this massive lengthening of retirement? Time for Retirement addresses the 'aging of society' and the restructuring of the life course in terms of the changing relationship between work and reitrement. Detailed information based on the retirement policies of seven countries provides the basis for a comparative analysis aimed at assessing the range of possible political responses to these changes. The editors and contributors are among the leading social scientists in the field of life-course studies, aging, and social policy.

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    'For those interested in patterns of exit from the workforce in different countries this book provides detailed, important and well-structured information, and for policy analysts it illustrates well the roles of different actors - employers, unions and the state, in policymaking. For those studying ageing and older people, the book makes an important contribution to the debate about the social construction of the life course.' Journal of European Social Policy

    'The trend to early retirement is a puzzle or social science and a problem for policy. It is also a natural for the kind of broad comparative analysis that this fascinating book exemplifies. It is full of striking facts and interesting ideas, each needing the other.' Robert M. Solow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423649
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.537kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The changing balance of work and retirement Martin Kohli and Martin Rein
    2. The evolution of early exit: a comparative analysis of labor force participation patterns Klaus Jacobs, Martin Kohli and Martin Rein
    3. Testing the industry-mix hypothesis of early exit Klaus Jacobs, Martin Kohli and Martin Rein
    4. The Netherlands: an extreme case Bert de Vroom and Martin Blomsma
    5. France: massive exit through unemployment compensation Anne-Marie Guillemard
    6. Germany: The diversity of pathways Klaus Jacobs, Martin Kohli and Martin Rein
    7. Great Britain: The contradictions of early exit Frank Laczko and Chris Phillipson
    8. The United States: The privatization of exit Harold L. Sheppard
    9. Sweden: partial exit Eskil Wadensjö
    10. Hungary: exit from the state economy Julia Szalai
    11. Pathways and their prospects: a comparative interpretation of the meaning of early exit Anne-Marie Guillemard and Herman van Gunsteren

  • Editors

    Martin Kohli, Freie Universität Berlin

    Martin Rein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Anne-Marie Guillemard, Université de Paris I

    Herman van Gunsteren, Universiteit Leiden


    Martin Kohli, Martin Rein, Klaus Jacobs, Bert de Vroom, Martin Blomsma, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Frank Laczko, Chris Phillipson, Harold L. Sheppard, Eskil Wadensjö, Julia Szalai, Herman van Gunsteren.

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