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Title: Aging Industries and Individuals: Retirement Decisions in the Context of Structural Economic Change
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1. Malone, Sarah Q.
Aging Industries and Individuals: Retirement Decisions in the Context of Structural Economic Change
Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
Cohort(s): Older Men
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Blue-Collar Jobs; Industrial Classification; Industrial Sector; Local Labor Market; Occupations; Retirement; Unions

Using a sample of private wage and salary workers between 1975 and 1983 who were between 55 and 64 years old, this study found that declining total employment within the three digit industries in the respondents' local labor market increased the hazard of leaving the labor force (retiring) before age 65. No effect upon the hazard of retiring early was found from decline in total payroll or number of establishments. The retirement decisions of men 65 and over were unaffected by decline in any of these indicators. The effect of declining employment upon early retirement decisions was mediated by occupation and union membership: Unionized non-blue collar workers were the most likely to retire early from local industries declining in employment, followed by nonunionized non-blue collar workers and unionized blue collar workers, while nonunionized blue collar workers were more likely to retire from industries growing in employment.
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Malone, Sarah Q. Aging Industries and Individuals: Retirement Decisions in the Context of Structural Economic Change. Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1991.