Retirement Age

Archive Report

Resistance to Compulsory Retirement

President Kennedy's recommendation, in his economic message to Congress on February 3, that the Social Security Act be amended to permit working men as well as working women to retire on reduced benefits at the age of 62 is in line with growing pressure for flexibility in setting the age of retirement.1 But much of the demand for flexibility comes from older workers who, rather than wanting to retire early, wish to keep on working beyond the standard retirement age of 65. The desire for later retirement conforms with expert opinion on the psychological, social and economic effects of compelling able and willing workers to quit their jobs solely because they have reached a certain chronological age.

Adoption of the administration's proposal ...

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