Jenny Hawkins

Weatherhead’s Jenny Hawkins discussed retirement age now versus two decades earlier

Retirement dilemma: Boomers are now contemplating retirement amid uncertain economic times
Freshwater Cleveland: Jenny Hawkins, assistant professor of economics at Weatherhead School of Management, said about 57% of Americans in their early 60s were still working in 2019—a jump of 11% compared to two decades earlier. Part of this shift can be attributed to an educated populace working longer in office jobs rather than in manual employment where physical limitations can hasten departure, she noted. “Those (education-based) skill sets are still valuable,” Hawkins said. “Also, having more education means people might be working in something that they’re passionate about without those physical demands.”