From 2010 to 2019, under the leadership of program director Kathleen E. Christensen, the Foundation's Working Longer program made grants examining one of today’s most pressing social issues: older workers who need or want to work beyond conventional retirement ages. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, one of four people working will be 55 years old or older. Research in this multidisciplinary program worked to create a body of knowledge about how the labor market functions for older workers, the companies that employ them, and what can be done to support and strengthen this shift in how Americans work. Adjusting U.S. labor market institutions for the new demographic realities is a tier-one challenge for the 21st century.
Human Capital: Occupation, Education, Cognition, and Health
How do the particular work history, occupation, cognitive abilities, and health of the individual impact employment for men and women after age 55?
Household Structure: Marriage, Divorce, Children, and Grandchildren
How do changes in the family at older ages alter labor force activities due to intergenerational transfers of money or in-kind resources, such as housing and care?
Personnel Practices: Incentives, Sorting, Compensation, Job Design, and HR Practices
How can employers identify and implement practices that sustain or improve employee productivity as people age?
Gig Economy: Independent Contracting and Other Forms of Self-Employment
How does the shift to the gig economy affect opportunities and costs for older workers?
Finances: Resources, Pensions, and Financial Literacy
What roles do financial security, macroeconomic factors, and individual financial literacy play in work and retirement decisions?
The collection and management of datasets and related tools that bear on the analysis of older workers' labor market behavior.
Conferences,workshops, and networks to enhance sharing of research and building of a community.
Institutions: Social Security, Pension, Disability, and Health Insurance Regulations
How do the important and changing regulatory aspects of the Social Security system and other federal and state policies relate to decisions to work longer and to retire?
California Policy Lab
Why Extended UI Benefits were Turned Off Prematurely for Workers in 33 States
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Kathleen Christensen to Join Stanford Center on Longevity
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
A message to our grantees regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
Older Americans Are Increasingly Unwilling — Or Unable — To Retire
Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer
Voice of America
Nearly 1 in 4 Americans Say They Do Not Plan to Retire.
Grantmaking in the Working Longer program ended in 2019. This program is no longer accepting grant inquiries.