Retirement trajectories in the Netherlands and Finland: Institutional change, inequalities, de-standardisation and destabilisation

Finnish Centre for Pensions, Studies 05/2018


Aart-Jan Riekhoff

This study approaches retirement as trajectories from work to old-age pension. Using detailed longitudinal register data from the Netherlands and Finland, it analyses sequences of income and labour market statuses in late careers. The study shows how national institutions shape individuals’ mode and timing of exit from the labour market, especially through old-age pension, early retirement, disability, and unemployment schemes, while analysing how gender and socioeconomic differences contribute to individual variation in these trajectories. Furthermore, this study analyses whether retirement and late career trajectories have de-standardised and destabilised in recent years and whether there are gender and socioeconomic inequalities in this regard as well.

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