Monday, September 15, 2008

ESRI Seminar

ESRI Research Seminar

Part-time Work and Health among Older Workers

in Ireland and Britain

Dr Brenda Gannon[1] and Jennifer Roberts[2]

Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway

Venue: The ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2

Date: Thursday 18/09/2008
Time: 4 pm

Part-time work is viewed as a viable option for people who wish to have a gradual transition to retirement. From a policy viewpoint, this may help to alleviate some labour supply shortages, especially in the context of the aging population. Factors such as health or pension provision may influence a person’s decision to work part-time. This paper considers the impact of health on the work decision for people aged 50 and over in the UK and Ireland. Methodological issues are discussed and the impact of unobserved individual effects is estimated using the Mundlak estimator applied to the multinomial probit model. The impact of health on part-time work is negative in Ireland, but we find no significant effect in the UK. The paper discusses potential reasons for these impacts and current policies on part-time work.

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