Older and out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy

Older and out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy

Older and out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy

Older and out of Work: Jobs and Social Insurance for a Changing Economy

Synopsis

The chapters in this volume come from a group of policy experts who advance our understanding of the labor market experiences of older workers while pointing out that current workforce programs often leave this growing population underserved.

Excerpt

Randall W. Eberts W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Richard A. Hobbie National Association of State Workforce Agencies

This volume of papers explores the labor market characteristics of older workers and critiques the effectiveness of workforce programs in addressing the needs of this growing segment of our population. the volume grew out of a conference sponsored by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and cochaired by Richard A. Hobbie of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Susan M. Daniels of Daniels and Associates, and Gloria T. Johnson of the Labor Coalition for Community Action. the purpose of the conference was to assemble labor and public policy experts to focus on the recent experience of older workers, review current policies that address their needs, identify gaps in the current workforce programs, and offer recommendations on how to fill those gaps. the culmination of this effort is a collection of research that advances our understanding of the labor market experiences of older workers and points out some deficiencies in our current workforce programs.

This chapter attempts to frame the issues covered in this volume by offering a statistical look at the population of older workers and placing the papers into the larger context of the growing literature on older workers. We start with a brief look at the labor force trends of older workers and highlight significant changes in older worker behavior over the recent past. We then provide an overview of the factors that may contribute to those changes as covered in the chapters included in the volume. Finally, we summarize the policy implications of these factors as suggested by the volume’s contributors.

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