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Work & Retirement

The Work and Retirement theme group takes the transition from work to retirement as the central research focus. In light of the demographic development of population ageing, government policies aim to raise the labour force participation of older adults and promote active ageing. The current changes in the retirement landscape raise new questions on retirement and its precursors and consequences.

Our research has an interdisciplinary focus integrating insights from labour economics, sociology, and psychology and applies a life course perspective to study the causes and consequences of work to retirement transitions. Within our research approach, it is explicitly recognized that the retirement transition is not a one-time event, but covers a broader period of time. We study several aspects of this process including individual preparation towards the retirement event, the actual retirement behaviour, and the adjustment to life without the dominance of paid work. To be able to follow individual trajectories over time, we make use of longitudinal data collected among employees and their partners (multi-actor).

Moreover, we study how employers think about, and behave towards older workers in the context of an ageing labour force and the prospect of extending the working life. Finally, we examine how decision making in the pension domain can be affected by the institutional setting, in particular how trust in pension providers or in government affects choices and more generally whether people want to save on an individual or collective basis in an aging society.

The theme group collaborates with researchers from UMCG Groningen, University of Amsterdam, University of Utrecht, and TNO-Leiden.


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Recent publications

(for all output see personal pages of the research team members)

Bogaard, L.B.D. van den & Henkens, K. (2018),
When is quitting an escape? How different job demands affect physical and mental health outcomes of retirement. European Journal of Public Health. [URL]
Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2018),
Do people really want freedom of choice? Assessing preferences of pension holders. Social Policy & Administration. [URL]
Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2018),
The making and breaking of trust in pension providers. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance. [URL]
Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2018),
Werkgever is positiever geworden over productiviteit oudere werknemer. Economisch Statistische Berichten 103 (4759): 139-141. [URL]
Oude Mulders, J. (2018),
Verhoging pensioenleeftijd in internationaal perspectief. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 34 (2): 8. [URL]
Oude Mulders, J., Henkens, K. & Dalen, H.P. van (2018),
Werkgevers bezorgd over langer doorwerken. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 34 (1): 1-4. [URL]
Beer, J.A.A. de, Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Pas op: je leeft langer dan je denkt! Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 33 (5): 5-7. [URL]
Beer, J.A.A. de, Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Stijgt de AOW-leeftijd niet te hard? Me Judice, 11 maart 2017. [URL]
Beer, J.A.A. de, Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Wanneer voelt de verhoging van de AOW-leeftijd als diefstal? Me Judice, 27 februari 2017. [URL]
Bogaard, L.B.D. van den (2017),
Leaving quietly? A quantitative study of retirement rituals and how they affect life satisfaction. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3 (1), pp. 55-65. [URL]
Dalen, H.P. van (2017),
AOW-ers in de aanvullende bijstand. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 33 (3): 6-7. [URL]
Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Do stereotypes about older workers change? Evidence from a panel study among employers. CentER Discussion Paper No. 2017-028. Tilburg: Center for Economic Research. [URL]
Dalen, H.P. van, Henkens, K. & Oude Mulders, J. (2017),
Werkgevers willen flexibele AOW voor hun werknemers. Me Judice, 9 oktober 2017. [URL]
Damman, M. (2017),
Oudere zzp’ers: een diverse groep. Geron: Tijdschrift over ouder worden & samenleving 19 (4): 28-31. [URL]
Damman, M. (2017),
Vrijwilligerswerk naast de betaalde baan [Gerongrafiek]. Geron: Tijdschrift over ouder worden & samenleving 19 (4): 24. [URL]
Damman, M. & Duijn, R. van (2017),
Intergenerational support in the transition from work to retirement. Work, Aging and Retirement 3 (1): 66-76. [URL]
Damman, M. & Henkens, K. (2017),
Constrained agency in later working lives: Introduction to the special issue. Work, Aging and Retirement 3 (3): 225-230. [URL]
Damman, M. & Solinge, H. van (2017),
Staan onbetaalde zorgtaken langer doorwerken in de weg? Tijdschrift voor HRM (6): 1-18. [URL]
Eismann, M. (2017),
Samen met pensioen? Pensioen Bestuur & Management 14 (4): 8-9. [URL]
Eismann, M. & Henkens, K. (2017),
Gleichzeitig in Rente? Soziologie heute (56): 10-13. [URL]
Eismann, M. & Henkens, K. (2017),
Tegelijk met pensioen? Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 33 (7): 1-4. [URL]
Eismann, M., Henkens, K. & Kalmijn, M. (2017),
Spousal preferences for joint retirement: Evidence from a multiactor survey among older dual-earner couples. Psychology and Aging 32 (8): 689-697. [URL]
Henkens, K., Dalen, H.P. van, Ekerdt, D.J., Hershey, D.A., Hyde, M., Radl, J., Solinge, H. van, Wang, M. & Zacher, H. (2017),
What we need to know about retirement: Pressing issues for the coming decade. The Gerontologist. [URL]
Hyde, M. & Dingemans, E. (2017),
Hidden in plain sight? Does stricter employment protection legislation lead to an increased risk of hidden unemployment in later life? Work, Aging and Retirement 3 (3): 231-242. [URL]
Oude Mulders, J., Dalen, H.P. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Gaat doorwerken na AOW echt werken? Het oordeel van werkgevers. Me Judice, 18 januari 2017. [URL]
Petricheva, V. & Damman, M. (2017),
Hoe actief zijn oudere werkenden als vrijwilliger, mantelzorger en kinderoppas? Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 33 (8): 5-7. [URL]
Solinge, H. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Older workers’ emotional reactions to rising retirement age: The case of the Netherlands. Work, Aging and Retirement 3 (3): 273-283. [URL]
Solinge, H. van & Henkens, K. (2017),
Subjective life expectancy and actual mortality: results of a 10-year panel study among older workers. European Joural of Ageing. [URL]
Damman, M. (2016),
Blended work and employment participation of older workers: A further discussion. Work, Aging and Retirement 2 (4): 384-389. [URL]
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]
Dingemans, E., Henkens, K. & Solinge, H. van (2016),
Working beyond retirement in Europe; An investigation of individual and societal determinants using SHARE. Netspar Discussion Paper DP 06/2016-022. Tilburg: Netspar. [URL]
Duijn, R. van & Damman, M. (2016),
De overgang van werk naar pensioen: Ervaren steun van volwassen kinderen. Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie 47 (3): 98-108.. [URL]
Henkens, K., Solinge, H. van, Damman, M. & Dingemans, E. (2016),
Langer doorwerken valt nog niet mee. Demos: bulletin over bevolking en samenleving 32 (2): 1-4. [URL]
Koekkoek, A. & Damman, M. (2016),
Langer werken en pensionering: De rol van gezondheid. Geron: Tijdschrift over ouder worden & samenleving 18 (4): 65-68. [URL]
Oude Mulders, J., Henkens, K., Liu, Y., Schippers, J. & Wang, M. (2016),
Managers’ interview invitation decisions about older job applicants: Human capital, economic conditions and job demands. Ageing & Society. [URL]
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