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Does Greater Prevalence of High Strain Working Conditions Lead to Greater Rates of Early Retirement in Central and Eastern Europe?

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Lucie Kalousova, Sarah Burgard

Older Central and Eastern Europeans have lower labor force participation rates compared to older Western Europeans. This is at least in part a function of the heavier burden of chronic disease that they bear in older ages and the typically earlier onset of disability in this region. The East to West gradient in health has been already well examined from many directions, but remains to be fully explained. In this study, we ask whether at least some of the differences in later life health and well being can be understood by focusing on the differences in the quality of working conditions in the earlier parts of the lifecourse between these two regions. On the bases of our findings, we will develop a policy brief with recommendations for improving health in older ages and future labor force participation in this region.

Funding Period: 12/01/2012 to 01/31/2014

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