Working beyond the traditional retirement age

the influence of health on Australia’s older workers

Deborah J. Schofield, Emily J. Callander*, Simon J. Kelly, Rupendra N. Shrestha

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between health and workforce participation beyond the age of 65 years in Australia. This study found that people with a chronic health condition were less likely to be employed than those without a health condition (OR, 0.59; 95% CI [0.38, 0.92]). Among those with a chronic health condition, those in income quartile 2 (OR, 0.27; 95% CI [0.11, 0.67]) and 3 (OR, 0.38; 95% CI, [0.15–0.93]) were significantly less likely to be employed relative to those in income quartile 4. Older workers with a chronic health condition were less likely to work beyond the age of 65; however, among those with a chronic health condition, those with very high income and those with very low income were the most likely to keep working.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-244
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employment
  • health
  • older people
  • retirement

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