Ending a Career in the Auto Industry

“30 and Out”

  • Melissa A. Hardy
  • Lawrence Hazelrigg
  • Jill Quadagno

Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)

About this book


During the 1980s the news media were filled with reports of soaring unemployment as 'downsizing' and `restructuring' became the new buzzwords. Firms managed their workforce reduction by increasing the attractiveness of their pension plans-especially their early-retirement plans. In this volume, the authors examine the U.S. auto industry and present a full-scale analysis of the work and retirement decisions of its workers. They address organizational context and the logic of financial incentives in employer-provided early retirement plans. The impact of pension provisions, layoffs, plant closures, attitudes about `generational equity', and other factors influencing the workers' evaluation of the optimum time to end their careers in the auto industry are explored.


Evaluation Generation Unemployment labor market labor markets organization restructuring

Authors and affiliations

  • Melissa A. Hardy
    • 1
  • Lawrence Hazelrigg
    • 1
  • Jill Quadagno
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahassee

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b102408
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-45336-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-585-34349-5
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