Does Working Longer Make People Healthier and Happier?
AbstractPURPOSE: This study addresses the impact of late-life paid work on physical and psychological well-being. METHODS: Longitudinal data was drawn from the Health and Retirement Survey and the RAND-HRS data base for more than 6,000 individuals aged 59 to 69 who were working or not-working in the year 2000 and were alive in 2002. Well-being was assessed by using a set of six measures including: self-rated health; self-rated memory; activities of daily living; instrumental activities of daily living and mood indicators. The study controls for previous well-being status in 1998 and for demographic and socioeconomic factors. RESULTS: Those who worked in 2000 tended to report greater well-being in 2002 than those who did not work in 2000, even after introducing rigorous controls (p
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 5606.
Date of creation: 2006
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work; retirement; health; happiness; mortality; well-being; old age; policy; job satisfaction; control;
Other versions of this item:
- Esteban Calvo, 2006. "Does Working Longer Make People Healthier and Happier," Work Opportunity Briefs, Center for Retirement Research wob_2, Center for Retirement Research.
- J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
- I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AGE-2007-11-10 (Economics of Ageing)
- NEP-ALL-2007-11-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2007-11-10 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HEA-2007-11-10 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2007-11-10 (Labour Economics)
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