Employment Retention and Re-Entry Among Older Women: Do Health and Caring Roles Matter?
Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - School of Economics and Finance; Curtin University of Technology - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ; Cutin University of Technology - Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER)
Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - Bentley Campus; Curtin University of Technology - Centre for Research in Applied Economics; Curtin University of Technology - Centre for Research in Applied Economics
Australian Conference of Economists 2009 Paper
This paper analyses the probabilities of employment retention and re-entry by older workers, focusing on older women whose representation in the workforce is growing as the population ages but whose employment outcomes have been under-researched compared to older men. We find that older women are less likely than older men to retain employment or re-enter employment. Our regression results show that if health worsens or care hours increase, an older woman’s chance of retaining employment falls. However, improvements in health and/or reductions in care roles do not increase the chances of an unwaged woman returning to work.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: older workers, employment, health, care effects, ageing, longitudinal studies
JEL Classification: J00working papers series
Date posted: October 12, 2009
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