Type of Content: News

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Other Type: Webinar

Resource Title: Unequal Prospects for Working Longer, Before and After the Pandemic: What Can We Do?

Publication Title: The Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work In conjunction with the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting

Publish Date: October 7, 2021, noon EDT

Older workers, especially those nearing retirement age, who had not recovered from the impact of previous recessions, have been even more adversely affected during the pandemic by both working conditions and the ensuing recession. Reductions in employment and earnings, increased early Social Security claiming, and reduced retirement savings have all been reported. Older workers exited the workforce in significant numbers, retiring in the first month of the pandemic rather than risk infection. Women, racial minorities, and other ethnic groups have been particularly vulnerable to this upheaval. Concerns about the vulnerability of older workers to infection increased the likelihood of age discrimination for those who remained working.

The goal of this webinar is to consider recommendations for employers and public policymakers to ameliorate the consequences of these recent shocks. Teresa Ghilarducci will present “false assumptions supporting the ‘working longer’ agenda” with a focus on those most affected by the pandemic–women, racial and ethnic minorities. Distinguished discussants will provide commentary that includes recommendations for mechanisms and processes to ameliorate the consequences of twin shocks–the pandemic and the ensuing recession–and for much-needed new workplace-based research tracking the employer-employee relationship over time. To register, go here.

Unequal Prospects for Working Longer, Before and After the Pandemic: What Can We Do?