Health and Reemployment of Older Workers in Germany
The theoretical framework of this study is based on an institutional life course perspective. From this point of view legislation on the official retirement age and on criteria of employment disability pension schemes are crucial for processes of reemployment because they influence decisions of employers and (potential) employees as opportunity structures. Furthermore, organizational characteristics of potential employers (e.g. age stereotypes), personal features of the unemployed (e-g- qualification, health, search behavior) as well as the regional context (e.g. level of unemployment) play a major role in the reemployment process.
The empirical analysis is based on nine waves of the panel study 'Labour Market and Social Security' (PASS) by the German Institute for Employment Research (IAB). First results show that both, subjective health status and participation in health courses increases the chances of reemployment significantly. However, this effect is smaller for older unemployed.