Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Nayana Bose

Reader 2

Sean Flynn

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With women now comprising nearly half of the labor force, the career decisions that both genders make hold much greater significance. The current paper will focus on one of their most crucial career decisions: when they choose to exit the labor force. This paper investigates whether there are gender-based differences in the probability of retirement. Using data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) provided by the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, results show that the odds of being retired are much higher if you are female. This paper aims to investigate what factors may lead to one’s retirement, and whether these factors are the same when analyzing results by gender. With women making up a significantly greater percentage of those entering and exiting the labor market, this paper will specifically consider when and why women are choosing to retire when they do.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.