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Retirement, Re-entry, and Part-time Work

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  • Marjorie Honig
  • Cordelia Reimers

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This paper treats retirement as a dynamic process that may include partial retirement as well as market reentry, where partial retirement is defined as an earnings rate substantially be low one's lifetime peak. Transitions among the discrete states of full retirement, partial retirement, and nonretirement are examined and related to factors such as age, health, pension eligibility, occupation, industry, and past earnings. Among other findings, self-reported measures of retirement are poorly correlated with earnings status. Gradual retirement, moreover, is less likely to entail a transition to part-time employment than to a lower-wage full-time job.

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  • Marjorie Honig & Cordelia Reimers, 1987. "Retirement, Re-entry, and Part-time Work," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 13(4), pages 361-371, Oct-Dec.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:13:y:1987:i:4:p:361-371
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    1. Bound, John & Stinebrickner, Todd & Waidmann, Timothy, 2010. "Health, economic resources and the work decisions of older men," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 156(1), pages 106-129, May.
    2. Randall K. Filer & Marjorie Honig, 2005. "Endogenous Pensions and Retirement Behavior," Economics Working Paper Archive at Hunter College 410, Hunter College Department of Economics.
    3. Ruhm, Christopher J., 1996. "Do pensions increase the labor supply of older men?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(2), pages 157-175, February.
    4. Bound, John & Schoenbaum, Michael & Stinebrickner, Todd R. & Waidmann, Timothy, 1999. "The dynamic effects of health on the labor force transitions of older workers," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 179-202, June.

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