Seminars

The CPC Seminar Series takes place between October and June, all seminars are free to attend and no registration is required. If you would like to present please contact cpc@soton.ac.uk.

Trajectories in the prevalence of self-reported illness around retirement

24th September 2015 1pm, Edinburgh Room 1/G/8, Ladywell House, Edinburgh

Alan Marshall, University of St Andrews

In this presentation I will use wave 1 (2002) to wave 6 (2012) of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) to assess whether the increase in the prevalence of self-reported limiting long term illness with age differs before and after retirement and whether this varies according to socio-economic characteristics and the conditions of work in the final years of employment. The longitudinal analysis uses a sub-sample of ELSA comprising those who retired between wave 2 (2004) and wave 6 (2012) and a repeated measures logistic regression to model the trajectory in the log odds of illness before and after retirement. The results show a slower increase in self-reported illness after than before retirement that was most strongly observed for those in the least favourable circumstances prior to retirement (lower social class, depressed prior to retirement and single). A similar retirement effect was observed for those in physically demanding occupations. I will use my findings to evaluate previous research that has shown strong spatial patterns in self-reported illness rates around retirement using census data.

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