Gender differences in retirement decision in Hong Kong

Keng Mun, William LEE

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    Abstract

    The study of labor force participation at older ages and the process of retirement do not have a long tradition in Asia's newly developed societies. This study, based on telephone survey of 950 respondents, examines various socio-economic factors that would influence retirement decision among older workers in Hong Kong. The findings show that older men were more likely to participate in the labor force than older women. Interestingly, older workers, in particular older women, with pension were less likely to retire. Having a working spouse decreased the likelihood of retirement and older workers, in particular older women, living with married children were more likely to retire. Poor health also discourages the propensity to continue working at old age. These findings confirm that retirement entails much more than just a decision to stop work, and that there were gender differences in retirement decision. Finally, several policy challenges, with reference to elderly women, concerning older workers' labor force participation were discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-76
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Women and Aging
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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    Retirement
    Hong Kong
    retirement
    gender-specific factors
    worker
    labor force participation
    Pensions
    pension
    old age
    Spouses
    Telephone
    labor force
    economic factors
    spouse
    telephone
    Economics
    Health
    health
    society
    Surveys and Questionnaires

    Keywords

    • Elderly
    • Hong Kong
    • Retirement
    • Women

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    LEE, Keng Mun, William. / Gender differences in retirement decision in Hong Kong. In: Journal of Women and Aging. 2005 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 59-76.
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