INTRODUCTIONThe relationship between health and labor force participation is of particular relevance to older workers and their employers because physical health generally deteriorates with age. Older workers represent an increasing share of the workforce, and are likely to be affected by one or more medical conditions. There is evidence that relatively sudden declines in health status may play an especially important role in early labor force exit. Injuries, which occur suddenly and can result in significant functional impairment, could be an important contributor to early retirement among older workers.Identifying factors that influence whether older workers leave the labor force earlier on average after a health event has the potential to inform return‐to‐work practices. The nature of the claim, for example, may influence the likelihood a worker is able to find employment post‐claim. Furthermore, the concept of retirement is changing, in parallel with changes in the nature of employment more generally. Therefore, in addition to individual level factors, such as the nature of the health event, societal level factors, such as the evolving labor market, could influence older workers’ labor market engagement post‐claim. Developing methods to measure how individuals engage in paid work after a health event can also help
American Journal of Industrial Medicine – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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