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Understanding the relationship between paid work after retirement and well-being in a European perspective

An increasing proportion of older adults in Europe participate in paid work after retirement, but it is largely unknown what they do and whether this is positive or negative for their mental and physical well-being. This project, which is co-funded by Netspar, aims to fill this gap in the literature.

The first subproject takes a cross-national approach to better grasp how pension systems affect working after retirement and its consequences for well-being. Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe project (SHARE), the project will examine whether relationships between various job characteristics on the one hand and mental and physical well-being on the other hand vary across European countries as a result of different pension systems (e.g., generosity of pensions).

The second subproject zooms in on working after retirement in the Netherlands and will examine intentions of Dutch older workers to work after retirement. Data for the Netherlands are collected by NIDI among more than 6,500 employees aged 60-65 working in the public sector, the health care sector, and the construction sector. The same respondents will be asked about their retirement decisions in 2018. The project will investigate what role mental and physical well-being plays in translating intentions to work after retirement into actual behavior.

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