Redistributing work in aging Europe.


Journal Article

As Europe ages, the proportion of people who work will decline unless older individuals remain in the labor force. Such reform could be part of a more general redistribution of work. If a greater share of the population worked, then the average number of hours worked per week could be reduced. This could particularly help younger people and increase Europe's low birth rates. The challenges facing Germany, Europe's most populous country, are highlighted, but statistics are also given for five other European countries and, for comparison, the United States. Social science research is needed to provide policy-relevant knowledge about life-course options.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vaupel, JW; Loichinger, E

Published Date

  • June 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 312 / 5782

Start / End Page

  • 1911 - 1913

PubMed ID

  • 16809529

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16809529

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1127487


  • eng