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Transitions from work to retirement: Developing a new social contract

A detailed overview of the various changes affecting people in their fifties and beyond.

Written by:
Chris Phillipson
Date published:

Those over 50 now make up a significant proportion of the UK population. The changes facing this group are increasingly complex, affecting work, leisure, caring, volunteering and related activities.

Part of the Transitions after 50 series, this report provides a detailed overview of the changes affecting people in their fifties and beyond. The report brings together empirical and theoretical studies and includes a special analysis of the British Household Panel Survey. It also summarises important research from the US and Europe.

The author provides a fresh perspective on middle age and makes recommendations on managing work and retirement policy. In particular, he challenges calls for raising retirement ages, arguing that paid employment is neither a feasible nor an attractive option for this group.