Retirement on the Line

May 16th, 2012

The recent recession has created a great reset in a many areas of our economy, particularly with respect to labor markets. Globalization, automation, education and changing demographics have all played a roll.

Additionally, young people have struggled for work while at the same time, those who might have wanted to retire, are finding a new need to stay engaged. Even retirement itself, is being redefined. No where is this more apparent than in a factory in Needham, Massachusetts where the median age of the workforce is seventy-four. Olin College Professor Caitrin Lynch spent five years studying this factory staffed by persons in their seventies, eighties and even older. She gives us a new view of Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory

My conversation with Caitrin Lynch: