Critical Topics in Research and Policy
Edited by Philip Taylor
Chapter 17: Older workers in a global economy: life cycle migration and knowledge transfer
This chapter examines the role of older workers as a development resource and a medium of knowledge transfer. The global economy depends on an increasingly mobile workforce. Individuals relocate during their working career, through choice and economic necessity. Often such economic migration draws down skills at every level from the less-developed periphery to the more-developed centre. Older workers also face the management of their transition from employment to retirement and increasingly this involves them in life cycle migration choices. Relocation for retirement often transfers individuals and families away from the core to less-developed regions familiar from leisure travel. The potential impact of such incomers is not limited to the contribution from retirement lifestyle expenditure. As incomes from pensions and savings become less predictable, many potential retirees are seeking supplementary income streams. By bringing their skills and experiences from the core areas of economic activity to regions which are often on the margins, they represent a potential development resource through both direct economic activity at their new locations, and through the transfer of their skills and experiences to the local community.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.