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Why do we retire? Will retirement, as adopted over the past 50 years in the developed world, soon be a thing of the past?

The idea of retirement is historically new. But with widespread demographic changes now meaning that many of us are expected to live into our eighties and beyond, how much sense does it make to stop people working when they reach their mid-sixties? Mike Williams looks at retirement asks how we might re-think this period of our lives.

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Mon 1 Apr 2013 08:32GMT


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