Access to bridge employment: Who finds and who does not find work after retirement?

Ellen Dingemans, Kène Henkens, Hanna van Solinge

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Purpose of the Study:
Empirical studies on the determinants of bridge employment have often neglected the fact that some retirees may be unsuccessful in finding a bridge job. We present an integrative framework that emphasizes socioeconomic factors, health status, social context, and psychological factors to explain why some people fully retired after career exit, some participated in bridge jobs, while others unsuccessfully searched for one.
Design and Methods:
Using Dutch panel data for 1,221 retirees, we estimated a multinomial logit model to explain participation in, and unsuccessful searches for, bridge employment.
About 1 in 4 retirees participated in bridge employment after retirement, while 7% searched unsuccessfully for such work. Particularly those who experienced involuntary career exit were found to have a higher probability of being …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-640
Number of pages11
JournalThe Gerontologist
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


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