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June 2011

Reentering the labor force after retirement

Kevin E. Cahill, Michael D. Giandrea, Joseph F. Quinn

Data from the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study indicate that approximately 15 percent of older Americans with career jobs returned to the labor force after having retired; respondents were more likely to reenter the workforce if they were younger, were in better health, or had a defined-contribution pension plan.

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