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May 2012

Older workers and short-term jobs: patterns and determinants

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

Data from the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study indicate that, among older Americans with work experience since age 50, approximately 12 percent of men and 32 percent of women never held a full-time career job; the retirement patterns of these non-full-time career older workers are diverse, just as they are for individuals with career jobs

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