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New Frontiers of Research on Retirement

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New Frontiers of Research on Retirement    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 75-511-XPE 06001
Pages 444
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $65.00
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Editor-in-Chief: Leroy O. Stone.
Published by Statistics Canada, 2006.


Broad social changes are forcing Canadians to rethink their traditional ideas about retirement, according to Statistics Canada's New Frontiers of Research on Retirement. Authors including leading researchers from three countries, as well as a prominent contributor to existing social policy on retirement have contributed 22 chapters showcasing Statistics Canada's contributions to the wealth of information pertinent to developing useful knowledge about retirement and other later-life transitions.

The book deal with aspects of retirement that have been outside the main focus in the research literature, but which will likely receive much greater attention in the future. These aspects include social issues arising from the emergence of a large number of people who form a substantial proportion of the adult population and whose length of time in retirement will be as long as that of a generation, roughly 25 years.

New Frontiers of Research on Retirement centres on four main themes:
  • First, there are gender differences in retirement patterns. The behaviour of baby boomer women will greatly influence what retirement in Canada looks like in the future. Women are much more likely than men to see retirement as involving more than just getting a pension or stopping paid work.
  • Second, joint retirement is becoming an issue for many couples. The growing number of women with substantial pension benefits is having a major impact on decisions about retirement in Canadian families. For more and more couples, decision-making is becoming much more complex.
  • Third, maintaining a standard of living in retirement is also becoming an issue. Amid growing uncertainty about their future financial security, an increasing number of people do not know when they will retire. Others have simply delayed their retirement.
  • Lastly, retirement paths will become more and more flexible as some workers opt for self-employment. With a massive wave of retirement looming among baby boomers, the labour supply from older workers will grow in importance. Many will likely choose to become self-employed, making flexible retirement paths more prevalent.
A large part of the book is devoted to scientific papers, which are based on Statistics Canada's data and which require substantial conceptual and statistical innovations that illustrate the usefulness of the Agency's data. In developing this focus, Statistics Canada received important collaboration from L'institut de la statistique du Québec dating back to its major role in the 2003 Symposium on "New Issues in Retirement."

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