Retirement timing in Europe: does sector make a difference?


  • Hanne De Preter is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Universiteit Antwerpen, Dimitri Mortelmans is Full Professor of Sociology at Universiteit Antwerpen and Dorien Van Looy is a PhD Candidate in Social and Economic Sciences at Universiteit Antwerpen.

Correspondence should be addressed to Hanne De Preter, Department of Sociology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CELLO), Sint-Jacobstraat 2, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium; email:


This study uses Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe data and event history analysis to determine the effect of sector of employment on retirement timing of older workers aged 50+ in 11 European countries. The findings suggest that older workers in the industrial and financial sectors retire earlier than those in the service sector.