How voluntary is the active ageing life? A life-course study on the determinants of extending careers

TitleHow voluntary is the active ageing life? A life-course study on the determinants of extending careers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMadero Cabib, I, Kaeser, L
JournalEuropean Journal of Ageing
Volume13
Issue1
Pagination25-37
Keywordsactive ageing policies, late retirement, life-course determinants, voluntariness of retirement
Abstract

In Switzerland, as in many other European states, there is an increasing emphasis in public policy on promoting later retirement from the labour market. But this accelerating drive in Swiss policy-making to extend occupational activity does not mean that every worker is currently likely to retire late, nor does it imply that all those who do retire late do so voluntarily. This article uses a life-course approach, first to study the determinants of late retirement, and secondly to analyse whether the decision to postpone retirement is made voluntarily or involuntarily. Both objectives are addressed on the basis of data from the Swiss survey Vivre/Leben/Vivere. The results of logistic regression modelling indicate that, whereas self-employed and more highly educated individuals are more likely to retire late, people with access to private pension funds and workers who have benefited from periods of economic growth have a lower tendency to retire late. Regarding voluntariness, those who are more likely to opt for voluntary late retirement tend to be Swiss citizens, more highly educated, and also benefited from periods of economic expansion, while the self-employed, men and widowed individuals leaving the labour market late tend to do so involuntarily. In conclusion, the article discusses the absence of a social inequality debate in the design of active ageing policies.

DOI10.1007/s10433-015-0355-y
Refereed DesignationRefereed