| Prof. Dr. Holger Lengfeld

New SOEP Paper: Occupation, Prestige, and Voluntary Work in Retirement

Abstract: The paper examines the extent to which the prestige value of a retiree's former occupation increases the likelihood that they will make a transition into volunteering after retirement. Following social production function theory, we assume that the extent of the incentive to volunteer will be distributed unequally across occupations: the higher the former occupational prestige value, the higher the perceived loss of prestige after retirement. This assumption is tested, using data taken from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 1992-2013. Based on Kaplan-Meier-Failure-Estimates and complementary log-log hazard models, findings show a positive effect of occupational prestige on the transition into volunteering. Thus, the loss of high occupational prestige can be compensated by the social prestige associated with volunteering.
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