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Extending working lives in Europe. The case of post-retirement employment in Germany

April 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

From a US-American perspective, one might ask: What is so special about working over 65, and what is the fuss about pension age? But from a European and especially German perspective this form of employment is new, and state pension age acted for a long time as a strong age boundary to exclude people from the labor market.

European policymakers have made considerable efforts to extend working lives, and turn around the early-retirement culture that was especially prevalent in Germany. One side effect of this was an increase of people working past pension age. Societal debate and research is divided on how to evaluate this development.

Anna Hokema will present findings based on qualitative and quantitative data that give a first understanding of who these working people over 65 are, and how they themselves evaluate their continued employment.

Anna Hokema is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies. She is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bremen’s SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (Department 3: Dynamics of Inequality in Welfare Societies) and the Coordinator of the Double Degree Program ‘European Master in Labour Studies and Social Policy’ (Milan/Bremen). In addition, Dr. Hokema serves as ERASMUS Coordinator and Decentralized Women’s Representative on the Board of Directors of the SOCIUM. Her research interests include gender and aging, post-retirement work, sociology of the welfare state, and qualitative methods in social research.


April 3, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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