Lifetime Job Demands, Work Capacity at Older Ages, and Social Security Benefit Claiming Decisions

CRR WP 2014-15

29 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2014

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Lauren Hersch Nicholas

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

We use Health and Retirement Study data linked to the Department of Labor’s O*Net classification system to examine the relationship between lifetime exposure to occupational demands and retirement behavior. We consistently found that both non-routine cognitive analytic and non-routine physical demands were associated with worse health, earlier labor force exit, and increased use of Social Security Disability Insurance. The growing share of workers in jobs with high levels of cognitive demand may contribute to growth in DI use.

Keywords: Health and Retirement Study, retirement behavior, occupational demand

Suggested Citation

Nicholas, Lauren Hersch, Lifetime Job Demands, Work Capacity at Older Ages, and Social Security Benefit Claiming Decisions (November 2014). CRR WP 2014-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2530030 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2530030

Lauren Hersch Nicholas (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR) ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
United States

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