9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Active Ageing Building II, C5.07

The effects of active ageing policy and practice

The effects of active ageing policy and practice

There are few studies analyzing how employers? policy and practice may influence the retirement decision. Further on, most evidence of companies? active ageing policy and practice comes from different case studies, documentation of so-called good practice and real-life examples from different companies across the EU. Hence, the major evidence is based on the subjective opinions of management and workers.

This paper examines whether or not active ageing measures at the workplace actually play a role in retaining older workers in the labour market in Norway. The main research question is: Do older employees in enterprises with an active ageing policy and practice retire later than older employees in enterprises without such practice? The results from the analysis are expected to yield important input to the ongoing debate about how to persuade older worker to prolong their working life.

I use data from a representative survey from 2005, mapping the prevalence of companies? active ageing policy and practice in Norway. Based on the results from this study, 1000 persons between 62 and 67 was interviewed in 2006 about their retirement plans and behaviour; 500 from enterprises offering special measures to retain employees above the age of 62 (the early retirement age in Norway), for example bonuses, reduced working hours, retraining, reduced work load and easier job tasks (experimental group); and 500 persons from enterprises without such measures (control group). The research question is investigated using logistic regression, controlling for a whole range of worker and firm characteristics, like individual health and working ability, income and fortune, sex, age, education, social class, civil status, working conditions and work load, and different organizational and managerial factors.