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July 1992, Vol. 115, No. 7

Trends in retirement age by sex, 1950-2005

Murray Gendell and Jacob S. Siegal
Professors of Demography, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

A study of two data series indicates that age at final retirement has fallen by between 4 and 5 years for both men and women since mid-century. Continued declines are projected for the 1990's, accelerating for the period 2000-05. This article ascertains the level, direction, and rate of change in the average age at retirement of American men and women in the recent past.

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