Family Histories and Women's Retirement: The Role of Childbearing and Marital Experiences

26 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014

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Marleen Damman

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

Kene Henkens

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute

Matthijs Kalmijn

Tilburg University

Date Written: May 15, 2014

Abstract

Although from a life course perspective women’s retirement timing can be expected to be related to family events earlier in life, such as childbirth and divorce, empirical insights into these relationships are limited. Drawing on three-wave panel data, collected in 2001, 2006-2007, and 2011 among Dutch female older workers (N=420) and if applicable their partners, this study examines retirement intentions and behavior in relation to past and proximal preretirement family experiences. The results show that women who postponed childbearing and still have children living at home during preretirement years intend to retire relatively late, as well as ever divorced single women, even when controlling for established correlates of retirement. Women who repartnered after a divorce do not differ from continuously married women in terms of their retirement intentions. Only few of the predictors of retirement intentions also predicted actual retirement behavior. Generally, the results highlight the importance of the notion of linked lives for understanding women’s retirement processes.

Keywords: Children, divorce, life course, retirement, women

JEL Classification: -

Suggested Citation

Damman, Marleen and Henkens, Kene and Kalmijn, Matthijs, Family Histories and Women's Retirement: The Role of Childbearing and Marital Experiences (May 15, 2014). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 05/2014-033, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2471444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2471444

Marleen Damman

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) ( email )

P.O. Box 11650
NL-2502 AR The Hague
Netherlands

Kene Henkens (Contact Author)

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute ( email )

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The Hague NL-2502 AR
Netherlands
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Matthijs Kalmijn

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

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