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Taken by surprise: How older workers struggle with a higher retirement age

Until 2006 the Netherlands, like many other European countries, had a very strong “early retirement culture”. But that is history now. Early exit routes have been closed, and moreover, State Pension Age will increase to 67. Employees and employers need to change their perspectives on retirement in response to pension reforms that have taken place in quick succession.

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NIDI is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is affiliated with the University of Groningen (RUG). NIDI conducts scientific research on population issues (demography) and disseminates and enhances the use of demographic knowledge to stakeholders in academia, policy and society at large.



Schellekens & Van Poppel (2016), Early-life conditions and adult mortality decline in Dutch cohorts born 1812–1921. Population Studies.

Kleinepier & De Valk (2016), Ethnic differences in family trajectories of young adult women in the Netherlands. Demographic Research.

Van den Bogaard (2016), Leaving quietly? A quantitative study of retirement rituals and how they affect life satisfaction. Work, Aging and Retirement.

Rijken & Liefbroer (2016), Differences in family norms for men and women across Europe. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Chiesa, Toderi, Dordoni, Henkens et al. (2016), Older workers: Stereotypes and occupational self-efficacy. Journal of Managerial Psychology.

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Websites affiliated with NIDI:

NKPS - Netherlands Kinship Panel Study PopTrain Europa DEMOS - bulletin over bevolking en samenleving Comparative Family Policy Database
CONOPP - Contexts of Opportunity: Explaining cross-national variation in the links between childhood disadvantage, young adult demographic behaviour and later-life outcomes GGP - Generations and Gender Programme Financial Resource flows EAPS - European Association for Population Studies
Population Europe HAPS - Healthy Ageing Population and Society PRC - Population Research Centre

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