IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Working conditions and retirement: How important are HR policies in prolonging working life?


  • Barslund, Mikkel
  • Bauknecht, Jürgen
  • Cebulla, Andreas


Human resource (HR) measures to improve job satisfaction can prolong working lives, yet there is little evidence about the size of such effect. We provide a comprehensive literature review and an analysis of the link between the length of the remaining working life of older workers and a number of indicators of job satisfaction for 12 European countries, using the panel dimension of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). We simulate the best-case potential for HR policies to extend working lives. Results suggest that this potential is at around three additional working months. This effect is small in comparison to other policies to extend working lives.

Suggested Citation

  • Barslund, Mikkel & Bauknecht, Jürgen & Cebulla, Andreas, 2019. "Working conditions and retirement: How important are HR policies in prolonging working life?," management revue - Socio-Economic Studies, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, vol. 30(1), pages 120-141.
  • Handle: RePEc:nms:mamere:10.5771/0935-9915-2019-1-120
    DOI: 10.5771/0935-9915-2019-1-120

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:nms:mamere:10.5771/0935-9915-2019-1-120. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.