With the ageing population there is a need to increase work participation. The longitudinal 'Survey on Health and Ageing in Europe' (SHARE-study) makes it possible to identify possible predictors of early retirement. The hypothesis is that poor working conditions might predict early retirement. The SHARE-study contains data from 4,673 workers aged 50-60 year with paid employment at baseline and information on work status during the four-year follow-up. During the follow-up period 14% of the workers exited the workforce due to early retirement. A low educational level, excessive alcohol consumption, a reduced self-perceived health, and a lack of job control were the most important predictors of early retirement. Preventive interventions aimed to prevent health problems might contribute to the prevention of early exit from work.

Early retirement, Health, Sustained participation, Work-related factors
Gedrag en organisatie : tijdschrift voor sociale, arbeids- en organisatie-psychologie
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Robroek, S.J.W, van den Berg, T.I.J, & Burdorf, A. (2011). The role of work-related factors on early retirement in 11 European Countries. Gedrag en organisatie : tijdschrift voor sociale, arbeids- en organisatie-psychologie, 24(4), 451–463. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/88585