Older Americans would work longer if jobs were flexible

John Ameriks, Joseph Briggs, Andrew Caplin, Minjoon Lee, Matthew D. Shapiro, Christopher Tonetti

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    Older Americans, even those who are long retired, have strong willingness to work, especially in jobs with flexible schedules. For many, labor force participation near or after normal retirement age is limited more by a lack of acceptable job opportunities or low expectations about finding them than by unwillingness to work longer. This paper establishes these findings using an approach to identification based on strategic survey questions, purposefully designed to complement behavioral data. These findings suggest that demandside factors are important in explaining late-in-life labor market behavior and need to be considered in designing policies aimed at promoting working longer.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)174-209
    Number of pages36
    JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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