Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: The attitude of academic faculty to continued work by faculty members after reaching retirement age
Issue: Vol. 13, No 2, 2020
Published date: 06-2020 (print) / 06-2020 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Nitza Davidovitch
Ariel University, Israel

Eyal Eckhaus
Ariel University, Israel
Keywords: retirement age, employment, work capability, faculty members
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2020/13-2/9
Index PUBMS: 498f9fe5-bef6-11ea-9cc3-fa163e0fa1a0
Language: English
Pages: 123-135 (13)
JEL classification: E24, J21

This study is a pioneer study that examines directly how lecturers and other faculty members perceive the possibility of continued faculty work in research and teaching after reaching the retirement age. The topic of retirement age and the possibility of continuing to work beyond this age is a well-known issue that is arousing interest in general and in academia in particular. This is true especially in non-physical activities. Hence, the question is what is the added value and what are the limitations of retirement age in academia? 108 questionnaires administered to senior faculty were collected in a case study of a single university. Qualitative and statistical research tools were used, with the aim of creating a model that expresses faculty members’ perception of work after reaching retirement age. The research findings indicate that even lecturers who are in favor of the retirement age restriction understand the value of emeriti experience and support their continued academic activity in research, guidance and, partially, in teaching. The condition is that the continued academic activity of emeriti shall not block the employment of young faculty members at academic institutions.


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