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Dr. Ulrike Waginger, MSc

Address:A-1090 Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2
Phone:+43 (1) 4277-49223
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Research Interests:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Policy

Current Research:

Early Retirement and Well-being in Europe: A secondary analysis based on SHARE and ELSA

2011 – 2017 at the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, and King’s College London, UK.

Ageing actively was frequently suggested to support health and well-being of older persons. Very high early retirement rates in some European countries such as in Austria raise the question how these large numbers of young old cope with their (forced or chosen) inactivity from productive life ,in terms of their health and overall well-being and whether engagement in voluntary activities, minor productive work or family life helps them cope with the new situation. The present study aims to 1) shed light on the relationship between early retirement and well-being including physical and mental health, quality of life and life satisfaction and to 2) investigate how well-being of early retirees changes after pre-mature retirement.

The study is based on two large European surveys, namely the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and includes 12 European countries and with over 20,000 participants. As well-being after early retirement may be influenced by a number of factors, it is taken into account whether early retirement was chosen or forced, whether poor health was the reason for early retirement and whether participants engaged in activities, such as voluntary, charity or productive work of a lesser extent after their retirement. Additionally, key socio-economic influences of the well-being of early retirees, such as family structure, income, wealth, social class, occupational level and education, as well as gender and age, are taken into account. Results are compared by country. Finally, a policy review of the countries included will assess differences in policy strategies and will discuss their impact on national early retirement rates.

Previous Research Projects:

Measures to stimulate the labour market for older employee.
Project coordinator: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna.
Funding: Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection
Duration: 2010-2011

Social Inclusion in Europe
Project coordinator: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna.
Funding: Research Report commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Duration: 2011

Grandparenting in Europe, King’s College London, UK.
Commissioned by: Grandparents Plus in association with the Beth Johnson Foundation, London, UK.
Funding: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.
Duration: 2010

Early Retirement and Well-being, King’s College London, UK.
MSc thesis, 2009.

Institut für Soziologie
Universität Wien
Rooseveltplatz 2
1090 Wien

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