Is Working Longer the Answer for an Aging Workforce?

Gary Burtless Joseph F. Quinn

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Introduction

One of the most important labor market developments of the last century was the sustained trend toward earlier retirement among American men. This trend came to at least a temporary halt in the mid-1980s. Since then, male participation rates at older ages have stabilized or even increased slightly, while older women’s participation rates have begun rising dramatically…