UM21-05: The Role of Physical and Cognitive Job Demands on Transitions into Retirement



Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS), this proposed research project will examine the effects of physical and cognitive job demands, as well as educational requirements, on heterogeneous pathways from full-time work to retirement. Furthermore, we will compare our estimates using ORS data with those obtained using analogous measures of job demands from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database to examine which (if either) data set on job demands produces estimates that are robust to alternative specifications, sample definitions, and to the definition of the job demand constructs.

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