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Book Review



by Leroy O. Stone

This book is designed to contribute to the foundation of basic information that leaders and researchers will need when they begin to devote much more time and resources to the institutional adjustments that the up-coming wave of retirements among baby boomers will require. Its contents 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; women’s retirement; family dynamics and retirement; and retirement processes among people with no career job as conventionally defined. A large part of the book is devoted to scientific papers that are based upon Statistics Canada’s data. New useful concepts and data series illustrate the potentials of these data. The intended audience includes future cohorts of students, teachers, researchers and policy analysts in the private, public and social sectors. While this book provides a Canadian perspective, it is relevant in other countries where leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the issues related to the social institution of retirement.

Table of contents


Leroy O. Stone

Dimensions of the evolution of retirement as a social institution

Theme One

Systemic forces pushing toward a new agenda for reforms in institutional policies and practices (Gilles Paquet, Editor)

Synoptic chapter

Gilles Paquet

Work and retirement: a governance challenge

Claude Castonguay

Retirement: new perspectives on the horizon”

Anne-Marie Guillemard

What age for employment? The need for a new social organization of the working age

John Myles

From pension policy to retirement policy: towards a new social agenda?

Martin Rein and David Thacher.

Values in social security policy: separation, linkage and blurring in the management of value conflict

Jinyan Li

The public and private pillars of Canada’s retirement income system: separation, linkage, and blurring

Agnès Pitrou

The irreplaceable third age: between family, work and mutual support

Theme Two

Family and gender, two dimensions for major changes of theory and analytical perspectives concerning retirement-related behaviour. (Lynn McDonald, Editor)

Synoptic chapter

Lynn McDonald

Gender and family – major dimensions of retirement research

Lynn McDonald

Gendered retirement: the welfare of women and the “new” retirement.

Maximiliane E. Szinovacz.

Families and retirement

Grant Schellenberg, Martin Turcotte and Bali Ram.

The changing characteristics of older couples and joint retirement in Canada

Nathalie Deschênes and Leroy O. Stone

The probability of reaching the state of retirement – a longitudinal analysis of variations between women and men

Theme Three

Increasing diversity of transitions typical of later-life (Hervé Gauthier, editor)

Synoptic chapter

Hervé Gauthier and Suzanne Asselin.

Growing diversity? Typical transitions towards retirement from active workforce participation

Leroy O. Stone, Hasheem Nouroz, Alexandre Genest and Nathalie Deschênes.

A new perspective on retirement processes: trajectories of retirement transitions

Hasheem Nouroz and Leroy O. Stone.

The distinctive patterns of work-to-retirement transition among the self-employed

Leroy O. Stone and Hasheem Nouroz.

Patterns of work-to-retirement transition among Canadian public –sector employees

Y. H. He, A. Colantonio and V. W. Marshall.

The relationship between career instability and health condition in older workers: a longitudinal data analysis of the survey of labour and income dynamics

Theme Four

New vulnerable groups concerning living standards in the retirement years

Monica Townson, Editor

Synoptic chapter

Monica Townson

New vulnerable groups and living standards in the retirement years

Monica Townson.

“The impact of precarious employment on financial security in retirement

Bob Baldwin

A shaky third pillar: the vulnerability of retirement incomes

Long Mo, Jacques Légaré and Leroy Stone

The diversification and the privatization of the sources of retirement income in Canada

Concluding chapter

Nancy Conroy, Marc Lamontagne, Leroy O. Stone and Patricia Moloney

Additional topics for future research

Technical appendices

Leroy O. Stone and Hasheem Nouroz

Modeling probability distributions of trajectories among categories of types of trajectory

Leroy O. Stone and Harpreet Kaur Randhawa.

Technical definitions of key derived variables

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