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Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages

Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz


American women in their sixties and seventies are working more now than ever. Their increased participation at older ages started in the late 1980s, before the turnaround in older men’s labor force participation and prior to the economic downturns of the 2000s. The higher labor force participation of older women is a real trend that has persisted for almost 30 years. It is, moreover, consequential and consists disproportionately of women who are working at full-time, not part-time, jobs. Many other OECD nations have also experienced an increase in the participation of older women. But few have ... More

Keywords: female labor force participation, women's employment, working longer, retirement, Social Security, caregiving, marriage and divorce

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226532509
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226532646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Goldin, editor
Harvard University

Lawrence F. Katz, editor
Harvard University

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