The central aim of this dissertation is to investigate how variation in older persons’ labour market participation can be explained. With increasing age, one question becomes ever more pressing for an older worker: “Should I stay or should I go?”. Older persons will make a host of considerations before answering this question. First and foremost, they have to ask themselves whether or not retirement is economically feasible. Can I already afford withdrawing from the labour market, or do I still have to supplement my income by participating? Further considerations may for example involve the partner: Does s/he encourage retirement? Also in the event of poor health or health-related limitations in performing work tasks, the inclination to retire is likely to be greater.

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Keywords labour market participation, elderly people
Promotor P.A. Dykstra (Pearl) , J.J. Schippers (Joop)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor This thesis was written with the support of the project ‘Productive in multiple ways: In search of activating institutions’, Stichting Instituut Gak (SZ 2025). Erasmus Trustfonds provided funding for a research visit abroad.
ISBN 978-94-6259-421-0
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/77224
Fleischmann, M. (2014, December 5). Should I stay or should I go?. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/77224