Sociology Seminar: 'Two worlds of retirement? Exploring the impact of labour market exit on health' Dr Martin Hyde
|Dates:||18 March 2015|
|Times:||14:00 - 15:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Dr Martin Hyde|
There is increasing concern about possible widening inequalities in health amongst the older population. There is a growing body of work on the relationships between patterns of labour market participation in later life and health. However the results are equivocal and relatively little has been done to explore socio-economic variations in the impact of retirement on health. What work has been done suggests that the health effects of labour market exit differ according to pre-retirement working conditions as well as the mode by which one leaves work. Studies show that involuntary labour market exit in later life has been shown to be detrimental to general health, health behaviours and depression. However these studies have often relied on specific occupational samples and/or subjective health outcomes. In this presentation I will use data from a nationally representative US longitudinal survey, the Health and Retirement Survey, and from a nationally representative Swedish survey, the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health, to explore, i) the impact of retirement on health amongst older Americans with and without a chronic illness, ii) trajectories of health around retirement for different educational groups in America and iii) the impact of involuntary retirement on depression in Sweden. The results suggest that retirement confers a greater benefit on those with prior chronic illness. However those with the lowest education and those who are forced out of work report worse health following retirement. These findings raise issues about the viability of Government policies for extending working life.
Tea and coffee from 1.45pm.
Dr Martin Hyde
Organisation: Sociology, University of Manchester
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