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Barriers to Later Retirement: Increases in the Full Retirement Age, Age Discrimination, and the Physical Challenges of Work
David Neumark and Joanne Song McLaughlin
WP 2012-265

  • For older workers caught by increases in the Full Retirement Age, stronger state age discrimination protections increase employment and increase the likelihood of new employment. 
  • Physical challenges faced by older workers are a barrier to extending work lives, although some workers are able to reduce physical demands of jobs by moving to new jobs, or through changes at the current employer. 
  • Stronger age discrimination protections do not appear to make it easier for workers with physical challenges at work to move to new jobs, or -- in particular -- to jobs that are less physically demanding.