Late-career transitions to entrepreneurship are discussed as a promising way to address some of the problematic implications of population ageing. We have conducted a number of studies on late-career transitions and entrepreneurship intentions amongst those over 50, or close to retirement.



In our research papers we have looked at the social environment, such as the social exclusion and support for older entrepreneurs as well as the prevalent age norms. We have studied how individuals’ own characteristics and, for instance, ‘aging well’ and own perceptions on their age or work history and job satisfaction contribute to late-career transitions. In addition, we have taken a look at the different types of entrepreneurial activity amongst the older population, and assessed the attractiveness of self-employment in contrast to becoming and owner-manager that hires employees. Our research has also explored the important questions of how transferring from organizational employment to entrepreneurship influences the individuals’ lives in monetary and non-monetary manner.


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