Seminar Series

Retirement Transition and its Outcome in Japan

Thursday, 13 January 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 (JST)
Zoom Webinar
  • Masaaki Mizuochi Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Nanzan University
  • Daiji Kawaguchi Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

Previous studies have not paid much attention to growing heterogeneity in the nature of retirement. Retirement does not always entail a clean departure from a career job and full withdrawal from the labor force but is often a complex process involving the gradual transition from full-time career employment to full retirement. Understanding the various retirement transitions is substantially important in the context of population aging, labor force shortages, changing pension policy, changing family environment, and growing poverty/inequality. Using a Longitudinal Survey of Middle-aged and Elderly Persons 2005–2019 collected in Japan, we classify the pattern of retirement transition by sequence analysis and examine the relationship between retirement transition type and individual attributes. Moreover, we estimate the effect of the pattern of retirement transition on some outcomes including health, subjective well-being, and economic condition in retirement life.


Masaaki Mizuochi is a Professor of Faculty of Policy Studies, Nanzan
University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Tohoku University.
After his graduate study, he worked as an associate Professor at Mie
University in 2006-2013. He works in the area of labor economics, family
economics, demography, and gerontology. His most recent work is
“Retirement type and cognitive functioning in Japan” (with James Raymo),
Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social
Sciences, forthcoming. He is currently working on a retirement
trajectory and its effect on health in Japan.