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

An increasing number of older adults in Europe tends to engage in paid work after retirement. In this project, we study the relationship between working after retirement and older workers’ mental and physical well-being. We conduct two subprojects, each examining one direction of this relationship.

The first subproject studies how the characteristics of a job after retirement influences the mental and physical well-being of older workers, and whether this relationship varies across European countries due to the differences in pension systems. For this we use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe project (SHARE, link to SHARE).

The second subproject zooms in on the Netherlands to study the other direction of the relationship, namely how mental and physical well-being influence older workers’ decisions to work after retirement. We base our analysis on the NIDI Pension Panel Survey, which contains information on 6,500 older workers (aged 60-65), as well as their partners and employers.

This project is co-funded by Netspar.

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