Work Expectations, Realizations, And Depression In Older Workers

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Executive Summary

The authors explore the impact on depressive symptoms of deviation in actual labor force behavior at age 62 from earlier expectations. The sample of 4,241 observations is drawn from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). They examine workers who were less than 62 years of age at the 1992 HRS baseline, and who had reached age 62 by the study endpoint, enabling comparison of actual labor force withdrawal with earlier expectations. Poisson regression was used to estimate the impact of expected full-time work status on depressive symptoms; regressions are estimated separately for those working fulltime at age 62 and those not working fulltime.

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