Cognitive Functioning and Labour Force Participation Among Older Men and Women in England

Publication type

Conference Paper


VID Colloquium


Publication date

December 19, 2006


In this paper, I analyse the relationship between cognitive functioning (CF) and employment among older men and women using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), 2002 and 2004. Regression analysis for individuals aged 50-70 shows that the change in CF over time does not have any statistically significant effects on the probability to exit or enter employment, or on working hours. These results are not sensitive to the definition of 'work'. My findings differ from earlier research on younger age groups in the US and Germany where modest effects of CF on labour market outcomes were found.

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