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Work-Life Balance and Labor Force Attachment at Older Ages

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  • Marco Angrisani

    (University of Southern California)

  • Maria Casanova

    (California State University)

  • Erik Meijer

    (University of Southern California)

Abstract

We use data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine the role of work-life balance as a non-monetary determinant of retirement transitions, conditional on job attributes such as hours of work, compensation, and benefits. We rely on self-reported measures of work-life conflict to proxy for low levels of work-life balance. We show that high levels of work-life conflict are significantly associated with subsequent reductions in labor supply for workers aged 51 to 79, and document heterogeneity by gender and employment status. Moreover, work-life conflict moderates labor supply responses to spousal health shocks. Workers who report higher levels of work-life conflict are significantly more likely to reduce their labor supply in the two years following a spouse’s health shock, and this effect is once more heterogeneous. The moderating effect of work-life conflict is stronger for women than men and, among female workers, stronger for those employed part-time at baseline.

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  • Marco Angrisani & Maria Casanova & Erik Meijer, 2020. "Work-Life Balance and Labor Force Attachment at Older Ages," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 34-68, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jlabre:v:41:y:2020:i:1:d:10.1007_s12122-020-09301-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s12122-020-09301-8
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    Keywords

    Retirement; Job characteristic; Health shock; Gender difference;
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    JEL classification:

    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy

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