Delaying retirement: Confronting responses of employees and employers

The postdoc position will contribute to one of the central aims of Netspar to increase scientific insight on the response and of individuals and labour markets to increasing statutory retirement ages and increased longevity. The work of the postdoc will mainly be focused on theme 3.1 “The labour market and older age groups”. This Postdoc-project will look at how labor market and pension institutions (e.g. mandatory retirement, state pension ages linked to life expectancy), employers’ policies and different organizational climates affect a more flexible transition from work to retirement. He will do so by examining both the supply side as well as the demand side of the labour market. On the supply side employee data collected by NIDI among more than 6,500 employees aged 60-65 working in over 1500 organizations in the public sector, the health care sector and the construction sector (ABP, PfZw, BpfBouw) will be analyzed. As a result, we have multiple respondents per organization, which enables us to study how organizational policies and practices affect individual employees in those organizations. Furthermore, these data enable us to examine the effect of abolishing mandatory retirement on preferences and behavior (training, work motivation, etc.) of older workers, and on managers’ responses and organizational support for extending careers beyond expected retirement dates. Especially because mandatory retirement regulations differ across sectors (e.g. civil servants working for the national government do not have mandatory retirement regimes anymore). Next to analyzing employee data, this postdoc will design and collect a large national survey among employers (approx. N=1,000). In this survey we will not only look at the economic and social forces behind recruitment and retention practices, but also study employers age related stereotypes, age norms and knowledge and views regarding the pension system reforms. The results of the employer survey can be compared to similar survey carried out by the main applicant between 2000 and 2009.

The postdoc position is linked to the NWO-Vici program of Henkens carried out at NIDI-KNAW in The Hague.

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