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2015-10-20Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/22489
By the sweat of their brow? The effects of starting work again after pension age on life satisfaction in Germany and the United Kingdom
dc.contributor.authorLux, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorScherger, Simone
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-17T12:30:39Z
dc.date.available2021-02-17T12:30:39Z
dc.date.issued2015-10-20none
dc.identifier.other10.1017/S0144686X15001154
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/23103
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, the employment rates of people of pension age have increased considerably. However, longitudinal evidence on the effects of this employment on wellbeing which might contribute to an evaluation of this late-life work is scarce. Based on empirical findings so far and on theoretical approaches to wellbeing, work and retirement, both negative and positive effects of post-retirement work on life satisfaction are plausible. In this paper, we investigate the effects of taking up work again between the ages of 65 and 75 on life satisfaction in different occupational classes in Germany and the United Kingdom. We expect that not only the heterogeneous conditions and experiences of working are crucial for the consequences that post-retirement work has for life satisfaction, but also the institutional arrangements surrounding this form of work. We use data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and the British Household Panel Survey, covering the 1990s and 2000s. Based on fixed-effects regression modelling, we find positive effects of working in both countries, although not all effects are significant. Differentiating by the class of the job in which the older person works, we find mainly positive effects and no significant differences between those who work in a lower-class job and all others. In addition, we find that the positive effect of working on life satisfaction is partly explained by increased satisfaction with household income for those working in a lower-class job in the United Kingdom. We conclude that many of the pessimistic assumptions about people working after pension age cannot be confirmed for our time of observation. However, there are several reasons for believing that the results will be different in the future or for differently defined populations of people working past pension age.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectlife satisfactioneng
dc.subjectwellbeingeng
dc.subjectwork after pension ageeng
dc.subjectsocial classeng
dc.subjectfixed effectseng
dc.subjectGerman Socio-Economic Paneleng
dc.subjectBritish Household Panel Surveyeng
dc.subject.ddc300 Sozialwissenschaftennone
dc.subject.ddc330 Wirtschaftnone
dc.subject.ddc360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbändenone
dc.subject.ddc610 Medizin und Gesundheitnone
dc.titleBy the sweat of their brow? The effects of starting work again after pension age on life satisfaction in Germany and the United Kingdomnone
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/23103-9
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/22489
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
local.edoc.container-titleAgeing and Societynone
local.edoc.pages30none
local.edoc.anmerkungThis publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.none
local.edoc.type-nameZeitschriftenartikel
local.edoc.institutionKultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultätnone
local.edoc.container-typeperiodical
local.edoc.container-type-nameZeitschrift
local.edoc.container-publisher-nameCambridge Univ. Pressnone
local.edoc.container-publisher-placeCambridgenone
local.edoc.container-volume37none
local.edoc.container-issue2none
local.edoc.container-year2017none
local.edoc.container-firstpage295none
local.edoc.container-lastpage324none
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewednone
dc.identifier.eissn1469-1779

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