Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

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This chapter investigates non-traditional work and retirement patterns among older individuals in the Health and Retirement Study. We first review the evidence on retirements that initially involve bridge jobs or some form of partial retirement. We then focus our analysis on retirement reversals in which individuals resume or increase work activity following a period of retirement. Almost one third of the individuals in the sample who are ever partially or fully retired make at least one transition from more to less retired during the period of observation. We explore the characteristics of the individuals who make these types of transitions.


The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2008 publication: Recalibrating Retirement Spending and Saving.


partial retirement, health and retirement study

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All findings, interpretations, and conclusions of this paper represent the views of the author(s) and not those of the Wharton School or the Pension Research Council. © 2007 Pension Research Council of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved.

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Date Posted: 17 December 2019