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

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

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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.

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  • 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
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