Job Changes at Older Ages

Job Changes at Older Ages

Effects on Wages, Benefits, and Other Job Attributes

Despite the benefits of work at older ages, questions persist about the availability and quality of jobs for older Americans. This study examines older adults' employment opportunities by studying job changes at ages 45 to 75. Many older workers move to new occupations and industries when they switch jobs, often assuming positions that involve less stress and physical effort. Although most older job changers enjoy their new jobs, they generally experience sharp hourly wage reductions and often lose pension coverage and health benefits. The findings highlight the special labor market challenges faced by older displaced workers.

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