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1. Knapp, James Lyndon
Predicting the Retirement Intentions of Professional Workers
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Texas, 1995
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Job Satisfaction; Labor Force Participation; Labor Market Demographics; Retirement; Working Conditions

The entrance of the entire baby-boom generation into the prime-age work force in 1989, along with an increase in the number of professional workers, has produced changes in the composition of the labor force. The impact of these changes will be seen most vividly in the early part of the 21st century when the baby-boom generation begins to leave the labor force. While research focusing on the retirement intentions of individuals within the general population has been undertaken, only two empirical studies have examined the retirement intentions of professional workers. This study expands the small, existing body of literature focusing on this topic by presenting eighteen hypotheses, grouped into five categories of factors, and testing them with the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. While several variables impacted the retirement intentions of professional workers, age and job satisfaction were especially influential. Policy makers in the public and private sectors can respond to the findings by realizing the complex nature of the retirement decision. In addition, decision makers in the private sector can strive to create more satisfying work environments and offer comprehensive retirement planning programs for professionals who are contemplating retirement.
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Knapp, James Lyndon. Predicting the Retirement Intentions of Professional Workers. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Texas, 1995.