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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Reader 1

Michael J. Green

Reader 2

Roberto Pedace

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Work and leisure are central to the human condition. Scholars from many fields have tried to understand why Americans work so much. Many people believe that when they have enough money, they will retire. However, many people are not willing to retire even if they have enough money to do so. Most people who do not have enough money to retire do not even get any amount of leisure from their jobs. If the view that enough money directly leads to retirement is wrong, then it is time to reconsider using this logic to think of the possibility of retiring. In this thesis, I will utilize three fields to examine my question -- economic theorizing and data about retirement, psychological effect’s impact, and political philosophy on the ideological State apparatus of high paying vocational field.