National Academy of Sciences

To review and assess the available research and data on the labor market participation of older workers and provide a roadmap for future research on aging and work

  • Amount $499,722
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator Malay Majmundar
  • Year 2019
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Working Longer

This grant to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) supports the research, production, and dissemination of a consensus study, Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages. Conducted by the National AcademiesХ Committee on Population (CPOP) in collaboration with the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, the NAS will convene a multidisciplinary committee of nine experts from economics, sociology, demography, organizational psychology, and statistics/methodology, who will meet over the course of four meetings and 18 months to produce their final consensus report. The committee will review and assess the existing research and data on the labor market activities of older workers, including individual-level human capital and demographic characteristics associated with decisions to continue working at older agesСwork history, occupation, cognitive abilities, financial literacy, and financial resourcesСas well as the social and structural factors that inhibit or enable employment, such as economic insecurity, family structure, workplace and personnel practices, policy levers, and available opportunities for self-employment. The report will then lay out conclusions and recommendations for future work by researchers, policymakers, and funding organizations and will be disseminated to key stakeholders, including relevant federal funding agencies, Congressional staff, academic researchers, and media.

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