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Delayed Mobility and Retirement: Final Report

  • Author(s): Blumenberg, Evelyn
  • Wachs, Martin
  • Schouten, Andrew
  • Pinski, Miriam
  • et al.

This report examines whether being more mobile is associated with decisions by older people to remain in the active work force after normal retirement age.  Mobility includes having access to and the capacity to drive cars and being transit accessible or being able to walk to work or work at home.  The report presents findings in three sections and concludes, based on research conducted thus far, that there are indications of causal associations between mobility and delayed retirement.  The report includes a review of the literature linking mobility, travel by the elderly, and retirement decision making. Following the review of the literature is quantitative analysis of data from the California Household Travel Survey, including mathematical models of relationships between mobility and the propensity of older Californians to remain in the active work force.  The final component of the research findings is a summary of the results of qualitative research consisting of focus groups and interviews. While the findings are not conclusive they show relationships which indicate that further research, particularly using longitudinal rather than cross sectional data, are warranted.  After presenting findings, the report concludes with recommendations for further research.

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