Work History and Later-Life Labor Force Participation: Evidence from a Large Telecommunications Firm

Posted: 19 Aug 2003

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Gangaram Singh

San Diego State University - Department of Management

Anil Verma

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between later-life labor force participation and work history. Survey data on 1,805 Bell Canada early retirees show that 40% returned to work, of whom 17% took full-time employment, 51% took part-time employment, and 32% became self-employed. Return to work was positively related to work attachment and tenure in the last job, and negatively related to having been in a non-managerial occupation and lacking upward career mobility. Those with high attachment to work (as measured by responses to several survey questions) were more likely to return to full-time employment than to retire. Clerical workers were less likely than managers to choose part-time employment over retirement. Both lateral (versus upward) mobility in the last job and high work attachment were negatively related to the choice of self-employment over retirement.

Keywords: Bridge employment

JEL Classification: J0, J5

Suggested Citation

Singh, Gangaram and Verma, Anil, Work History and Later-Life Labor Force Participation: Evidence from a Large Telecommunications Firm. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Vol. 56, No. 4, July 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=421280

Gangaram Singh (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Management ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8230
United States
619-594-2201 (Phone)
619-594-3272 (Fax)

Anil Verma

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada

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