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Project: LEEP

Longitudinal employer-employee perspectives on the role of human capital investments for retirement transitions

European and national ageing policies give high priority to increasing retirement age and employability of older people, but no effective solution exists. The project "Longitudinal employer-employee perspectives on the role of human capital investments for retirement transitions" (LEEP) aims to provide practical recommendations based on evidence on the role of human capital investments (at individual and company level) for retirement transitions. This is still an understudied area in ageing research. It is also neglected by policy-makers who miss the fact that employees must be willing and able to work longer, and employers must be willing and able to provide adequate opportunities for extended employment.

The research investigates the role of human capital investments (at individual and company level) for retirement transitions. The project offers a comprehensive approach to integrate individual and company perspectives theoretically and empirically in a system-level context. Empirical evidence is based on panel data of individuals and employers supplemented by cross-sectional data. It compares European countries focusing primarily on Poland and the Netherlands, which greatly differ across many aspects relevant to retirement decisions. The research adopts a lifecourse approach, considering employment situation and retirement decisions of individuals as a part of life-trajectory. The results will be intensively disseminated among scientist, experts, and policy-makers. They will be also communicated to older people, employers, training and development organisations.

The LEEP project is funded by a Maria Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship under the Horizon 2020 programme from the European Commission.

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