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Krekanova, Vera (2017) AGING WORKERS IN CHANGING LABOR MARKETS AND CAREER LEARNING. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In many areas, the number of people transitioning to retirement is starting to outnumber the number of young people negotiating their way into the labor market. To sustain economic prosperity, these regions need to prolong the working lives of older workers. Maintaining older workers’ earning power and employment until and past the traditional retirement age will depend simultaneously on strengthening the quality of jobs, and on supporting older workers’ willingness and ability to engage in new career learning so they can keep up with occupational shifts and skill changes. One key challenge policymakers and institutions face in their attempts to address aging-related labor market challenges is the lack of historic examples available to guide decision making.

Using a generational transition lens, my dissertation examines the intersections of two global trends – unprecedented population aging and volatile labor markets – at a local level. It focuses on building the case for employability of older workers as a way to inform cross-sectoral policy planning and investments for the benefit of all generations. More specifically, the purpose of my study is to inform policymakers and institutions concerned with the provision of education and skills training for workers later in life as a means of promoting both successful generational transitions and sustainable tax bases.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Krekanova, Veraverak@pitt.eduverak
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMcClure, Maureen W.mmcclure@pitt.eduMMCCLURE
Committee MemberGarman,
Committee MemberSutin,
Committee MemberCole,
Committee MemberKuzma,
Date: 18 May 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 March 2017
Approval Date: 18 May 2017
Submission Date: 26 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 186
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: workforce aging, career learning, older workers
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 17:37
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 17:37


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