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Work history and later-life labor force participation: Evidence from a large telecommunications firm

  • Gangaram Singh
  • Anil Verma
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    This study examines the relationship between later-life labor force participation and work history. Survey data on 1,805 Bell Canada early retirees show that 40% returned to work, of whom 17% took full-time employment, 51% took part-time employment, and 32% became self-employed. Return to work was positively related to work attachment and tenure in the last job, and negatively related to having been in a non-managerial occupation and lacking upward career mobility. Those with high attachment to work (as measured by responses to several survey questions) were more likely to return to full-time employment than to retire. Clerical workers were less likely than managers to choose part-time employment over retirement. Both lateral (versus upward) mobility in the last job and high work attachment were negatively related to the choice of self-employment over retirement. (Author's abstract.) (Free full-text download available at

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 56 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 699-715

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:56:y:2003:i:4:p:699-715
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