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Does Working Longer Make People Healthier and Happier?

Esteban Calvo ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: PURPOSE: This study addresses the impact of late-life paid work on physical and psychological well-being. METHODS: Longitudinal data was drawn from the Health and Retirement Survey and the RAND-HRS data base for more than 6,000 individuals aged 59 to 69 who were working or not-working in the year 2000 and were alive in 2002. Well-being was assessed by using a set of six measures including: self-rated health; self-rated memory; activities of daily living; instrumental activities of daily living and mood indicators. The study controls for previous well-being status in 1998 and for demographic and socioeconomic factors. RESULTS: Those who worked in 2000 tended to report greater well-being in 2002 than those who did not work in 2000, even after introducing rigorous controls (p

Keywords: work; retirement; health; happiness; mortality; well-being; old age; policy; job satisfaction; control (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 I10 I12 J26 I31 J28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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