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Older Workers in an Ageing Society

Older Workers in an Ageing Society

Critical Topics in Research and Policy

Globalization and Welfare series

Edited by Philip Taylor

Prolonging working lives is high on the agenda of policy makers in most of the world’s major industrialized nations. This book explains how they are keen to tackle issues associated with the ageing of populations, namely the funding of pension systems and predictions concerning a dwindling labour supply. Yet the recent history of older workers has primarily been one of premature exit from the labour force in the form of redundancy or early retirement. Add to this a previously plentiful supply of younger labour and it is clear that much of industry will be unprepared for the challenges of ageing workforces.

Chapter 18: Review: agendas in researching ageing and work

Philip Taylor

Subjects: social policy and sociology, ageing, comparative social policy, labour policy


This chapter aims to provide a summary of themes emerging from the preceding chapters and to identify fresh research agendas. It sets out lessons for the social and labour market actors and for older workers themselves in responding to demographic trends.

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