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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Health and labor force participation among older workers in Switzerland : a growth curve analysis
Authors: Feer, Sonja
Lipps, Oliver
Dratva, Julia
Baumann, Isabel
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/s10433-022-00716-z
Published in: European Journal of Ageing
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 1613-9372
Language: English
Subjects: Health; Work; Older worker; Occupational group
Subject (DDC): 331: Labor economics
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: This study investigated how individual trajectories of self-rated health (SRH) and working hours among older workers in Switzerland are interrelated and how this relationship varies based on occupation. We used data from the Swiss Household Panel to analyze the long-term trajectories of older workers measured in terms of working hours and SRH. The sample included more than 4000 workers aged 50 to 65(men)/64(women). We ran a bivariate response multilevel model for growth that allowed the examination of between- and within individual changes over time. On a between-individual level, we found that the upper non-manual workers were the most heterogeneous occupational group in terms of working hours and the lower non-manual workers were the most heterogeneous occupational group in terms of health. Within all occupational groups, we found a signifcant relationship between the level of working hours and level of SRH. The individual-level statistics showed consistently strongest efects for manual workers. This result confrms our hypothesis that labor force participation in individuals of the manual occupational group is more sensitive to their health status. Our fndings contribute to the debate regarding the importance of older workers’ health in the context of the extension of working life.
Further description: Erworben im Rahmen der Schweizer Nationallizenzen (
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit im Kontext einer Verlängerung des Arbeitslebens
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