Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Sociology

Supervisor

Dr. Julie Ann McMullin

Abstract

An issue of mounting importance in many industrialized nations, including Canada, is that of population aging. Because of fears that this trend could result in labour force shortages, many national governments and international organizations have encouraged policies aimed at prolonging the working life. This thesis builds on work that has been done to identify factors relevant to the likelihood of involvement in post-retirement work by examining how interactions among various demographic variables impact this likelihood. Furthermore, we investigated how post-retirement work is related to three measures of health and well-being. As well as confirming results obtained by others, we have found significant interactions between gender and marital status, current age, and age at retirement, that influence the likelihood of involvement in post-retirement work. We have also found that post-retirement work is generally associated with higher levels of health and well-being. The theoretical and policy implications of our outcomes are discussed.


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