Overtime: America's Aging Workforce and the Future of Working Longer

  • 13h 7m 9s
  • Beth C. Truesdale, Lisa F. Berkman
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2023

America is at a crossroads in its approach to work and retirement. Many policymakers think it's logical—almost inevitable—that Americans will delay retirement and spend more years in the paid labor force. But it's an assumption that doesn't match the reality faced by a large and growing proportion of Americans. Precarious working conditions, family caregiving responsibilities, poor health, and age discrimination will make it difficult or impossible for many to work longer.

Overtime offers a current, revelatory corrective to our understanding of the future of the American workforce and aging. Experts across economics, sociology, psychology, political science, and epidemiology examine how increasing economic and social inequalities, coupled with changes across generations or birth cohorts, call for a rethinking of the working-longer policy framework. Together, they argue that policies affecting work must be considered alongside policies affecting retirement and provide a path forward to achieve better retirement security for all Americans.

Drawing on the deep and varied expertise of its contributors, Overtime critically questions the conventional thinking of policy makers in this space to chart a more likely course for older Americans in the twenty-first century—one less reductive than simply "working longer."

About the Author

Robin McAlpine is an award-winning actress with years of experience in theater and film. In addition to playing over thirty male and female roles in Shakespeare, she has worked extensively in sketch comedy and improv as well as in numerous off- and off-off Broadway plays. Robin works full-time recording voice-overs, e-learning projects, and audiobooks from her gorgeous booth in Portland, Oregon, and spends the rest of her time with her husband, four dogs, and two grown sons (when they'll have her). She trained at New York University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York), and Shakespeare & Co.

In this Audiobook

  • Is Working Longer in Jeopardy? Lisa F. Berkman and Beth C. Truesdale
  • Chapter 1 - When I'm 54: Working Longer Starts Younger Than We Think Beth C. Truesdale, Lisa F. Berkman, and Alexandra Mitukiewicz
  • Chapter 2 - The Geography of Retirement Courtney C. Coile
  • Chapter 3 - The European Context: Declining Health but Rising Labor Force Participation Among the Middle-Aged Axel Börsch-Supan, Irene Ferrari, Giacomo Pasini and Luca Salerno
  • Chapter 4 - Planning for the “Expected Unexpected”: Work and Retirement in the United States after the COVID-19 Pandemic Shock Richard B. Freeman
  • Chapter 5 - The Link between Health and Working Longer: Disparities in Work Capacity Ben Berger, Italo Lopez Garcia, Nicole Maestas, and Kathleen J. Mullen
  • Chapter 6 - The Psychology of Working Longer Margaret E. Beier and Meghan K. Davenport
  • Chapter 7 - Forecasting Employment of the Older Population Michael D. Hurd and Susann Rohwedder
  • Chapter 8 - Dying with Your Boots On: The Realities of Working Longer in Low-Wage Work Mary Gatta and Jessica Horning
  • Chapter 9 - Ad Hoc, Limited, and Reactive: How Firms Respond to an Aging Workforce Peter Berg and Matthew M. Piszczek
  • Chapter 10 - How Caregiving for Parents Reduces Women's Employment: Patterns Across Sociodemographic Groups Sean Fahle and Kathleen McGarry
  • Chapter 11 - Working Longer in an Age of Rising Economic Inequality Gary Burtless
  • Chapter 12 - How Does Social Security Reform Indecision Affect Younger Cohorts? John B. Shoven, Sita Nataraj Slavov, and John G. Watson
  • Chapter 13 - The Biased Politics of "Working Longer" Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson
  • Chapter 14 - What Is the Way Forward? American policy and working longer Lisa F. Berkman, Beth C. Truesdale, and Alexandra Mitukiewicz