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November 2012

Older women: pushed into retirement in the 1970s and 1980s by the baby boomers?

Diane J. Macunovich

Because baby boomers crowded the labor market and competed with older women for part-time and part-year jobs, the labor force participation of older women declined slightly from 1970 to 1985; in more recent decades, women’s retirement age rose as “bridge jobs” became more available.

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