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The process of retirement - a dynamic and multi actor perspective

Retirement in the Netherlands has recently changed from an abrupt transition from working to non-working life into a process that spans a much longer period. This VIDI project analyses the retirement process, its causes and its consequences.

The project elaborates on an earlier NIDI study Uittreden uit het arbeidsproces: van collectieve regeling naar maatwerk (‘Het Eindspel’) [Retirement from the labour force: from a collective to a custom-made arrangement (The End Game)] where 3000 employees aged 50 years and over and working in large-scale labour organisations in the private and public sectors were interviewed in 2001. New data collection took place at IBM, Unilever and Maxeda (formerly known as VendexKBB). Data collection was completed in the summer of 2007.

The following PhD project was executed in the framework of the VIDI project:

Life-course predictors of the retirement process

The aim of the project was to achieve better insights into the relationships between diverse life-course experiences and the process of retirement. The central research question is: To what extent and how can the retirement process be explained by mid-life experiences in the educational, work, family, and health domains? This research question is studied by analyzing panel data collected in 2001, 2006, and 2011 among (former) older workers of three private sector organizations and the Dutch government. These data contain retrospective information on individual life histories as well as detailed information about preretirement work disengagement, retirement intentions, and actual retirement timing.

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Publication(s)

Damman, M. & Henkens, K. (2016),
Work role residuals among fully retired individuals: Results of a 10-year panel study. Research on Aging 39 (7): 849-878. [URL]
Damman, M. (2015),
Levensloop van invloed op pensioenplannen. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 31 (1): 4-7. [URL]
Damman, M. (2015),
Levensloop van invloed op pensioenplannen. LoopbaanVisie: onafhankelijk vakblad voor de loopbaanprofessional 6 (1): 71-75.
Damman, M. (2015),
Role of children in their parents' retirement processes. In: Pachana, N.A. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Singapore: Springer, p. 1-10. [URL]
Damman, M., Henkens, K. & Kalmijn, M. (2015),
Missing work after retirement: the role of life histories in the retirement adjustment process. The Gerontologist 55 (5): 802-813. [URL]
Damman, M., Henkens, K. & Kalmijn, M. (2015),
Women’s retirement intentions and behavior: the role of childbearing and marital histories. European Journal of Population 31 (4): 339-363. [URL]
Damman, M. (2014),
From employee to retiree: Life histories and retirement in the Netherlands, Doctoral dissertation. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 170 p.
  From employee to retiree: Life histories and retirement in the Netherlands
Damman, M., Henkens, K. & Kalmijn, M. (2014),
Family histories and women's retirement: the role of childbearing and marital experiences. Tilburg: Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (NETSPAR), 25 p.
Damman, M., Henkens, K. & Kalmijn, M. (2013),
Late-career work disengagement: the role of proximity to retirement and career experiences. Journal of Gerontology: psychological sciences 68 (3): 455-463. [pdf]
Damman, M., Henkens, C.J.I.M. & Kalmijn, M. (2011),
Do older workers develop a short-timer's attitude prior to retirement?: evidence from a panel study. Tilburg: Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (NETSPAR) , 27 p. [pdf]
Damman, M., Henkens, C.J.I.M. & Kalmijn, M. (2011),
The impact of midlife educational, work, health and family experiences on men's early retirement. Journal of Gerontology: psychological sciences 66 (5): 617-627. [pdf]
Damman, M., Henkens, C.J.I.M. & Kalmijn, M. (2010),
Retirement of Dutch male older workers: the role of mid-life educational, work, health and family experiences. Tilburg: Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar) , 28 p. [pdf]
Solinge, H. van & K. Henkens (2010),
Langer leven, langer werken? De rol van gepercipieerde levensverwachting in het uittredeproces. Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie 41 (5): 204-213.
Solinge, H. van & K. Henkens (2010),
Living longer, working longer? The impact of subjective life expectancy on retirement intentions and behaviour. European Journal of Public Health 20 (1): 47-51. [pdf]
Dalen, H.P. van, K. Henkens & J. Schippers (2009),
Beelden van de productiviteit van ouderen bij werkgevers en werknemers. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken 25 (1): 6-19. [pdf]
Solinge, H. van (2008),
Gerongrafiek: Na pensioen bewegen ouderen meer. Geron, tijdschrift over ouder worden en maatschappij 10 (3): 50.
Henkens, K. & H. van Solinge (2007),
Management van pensionering: de rol van de leidinggevende. In: W. de Lange & J. Thijssen (eds.), De waardevolle senior; personeelsbeleid voor oudere werknemers. Amsterdam: WEKA Uitgeverij, p. 65-80.
Solinge, H. van (2007),
De zegeningen van een leven zonder werk. Pensioen Magazine 12 (4): 26-30.
Solinge, H. van (2007),
Health change in retirement; a longitudinal study among older workers in the Netherlands. Research on Aging 29 (3): 2253-256. [pdf]
Henkens, K. & H. van Solinge (2003),
Het eindspel: werknemers, hun partners en leidinggevenden over uittreden uit het arbeidsproces. Assen: Koninklijke Van Gorcum. 108 p.
  Het eindspel

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