Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Employment and retirement
Weiterbeschäftigung im Rentenalter

Work and Productivity
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Country Germany
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Contact information

Frank Micheel
Federal Institute for Population Research
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
D-65185 Wiesbaden
Phone: +49 611 75 2445
Fax: +49 611 75 3960
Email: frank.micheel(at)

Timeliness, transparency

There are about 3 years between when the data is collected and when it is published. Data was collected from 05/2008 to 06/2008. The data set has been available since 04/2011.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional

Data gathering method

Telephone interview (CATI)

Access to data

Available for scientific, non-profit use via GESIS (Study number 5457); Data can be downloaded directly after online registration as SPSS or STATA files. However, access is permitted for the use of data in a scientific, non-profit context only.

Conditions of access

It is required to sign a data distribution contract prior to obtaining the data. The data set is free of charge.

Data can be downloaded immediately after online registration.

anonymised microdata


Data, questionnaire and method report are available in German only.


Data was first collected in 2008 and had a sample size of 1500 units.


The master sample provided by infratest is stratified by communities. Moreover, a quota sampling of education, age, region and social status was applied (cf.;jsessionid=974D94114D69743826946D0D3495E9B2.2_cid284?__blob=publicationFile&v=4: 14).

Random sample


employees (freelancers excluded) born 1944-1953

employees (freelancers excluded) born 1944-1953

With the objective to identify reasons for the continuation of work beyond retirement age, the data set includes variables on a variety of topics related to the field of work and productivity. The data set covers the following topics within the work domain: • current employment (contractual number of hours, position, receipt of pension besides income from employment, short-time work, seasonal work, position, hours worked within a week, years worked for the current workplace, number of former employers), • current workplace (number of employees, sector), • unemployment (when and for how long), • retirement (opinion on the increase of the retirement age from 65 to 67 years, own retirement age without deduction, desired retirement age), • self-assessment of current working conditions (interest, identification with workplace, motivation, satisfaction, concentration, monotony, posing risks to health etc.), • working atmosphere (relationship to colleagues and management etc.), • continuation of work after reaching retirement age (motivation, requirements and desires).

• Büsch, Victoria, Dorbritz, Jürgen, Heien, Thorsten, & Micheel, Frank. Weiterbeschäftigung im Rentenalter: Wünsche - Bedingungen - Möglichkeiten. Wiesbaden: Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung 2010 (Heft 129). Available via:


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Linkage among databases or registries is not possible.

Data quality

No information is available.

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The dataset is designed to identify factors which have an impact on the willingness to continue to work beyond retirement age, as well as the desired working conditions for this continuation. The study does not only allow analysis of the current professional situation, opinion on the increase of the retirement age, job satisfaction, working conditions, work atmosphere, health and information on further education, but also correlation of these aspects with others such as gender, family status, various personality traits or establishment size and sector. However, the data set includes only 1500 employees who were born between 1944-1953. Moreover, it is a cross-sectional study, which was conducted in 2008. Therefore, it cannot be surveyed if the intention to work beyond retirement age has been realised or not. Furthermore, the data are available in German only and the documentation provided is not very extensive.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Andreas Motel-Klingebiel
  • (see Partners)