Intergenerational Help and Public Assistance in Europe

Population ageing already is one of the foremost challenges for European societies today, and it will affect more and more countries in the future. As the balance between old and young is rapidly changing in all industrialized societies, ever less young people will have to care for ever more frail elderly. In light of the growing concern about the future of intergenerational solidarity in Western societies, it is vital to asses how private and public support interact. SHARE researcher Martina Brandt, therefore, analyses the effect of social policies on intergenerational help in Europe.
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A Firm Handshake is a Measure of Health

"You can rely on a handshake." The old tradesmen tradition has evolved as a rule of thumb in health surveys. Researchers measure the hand grip strength to obtain reliable information about the true physical condition of the interviewee. The assessment of one's own health is often biased and varies from person to person. Hand grip strength does not only provide reliable information about the health of a person. It also reveals the socio-economic status, future disability and mortality risks. It therefore permits a glance into the individual's future. Karsten Hank and Hendrik Jürges, MEA, in cooperation with Jürgen Schupp and Gert G. Wagner, DIW Berlin, merged datasets of SHARE and SOEP and analysed the grip strength of the Germans. The result: from 16 to 50 years of age, Germans squeeze so hard that exact statements about their health cannot (yet) be made. However, beyond 50 years, the decreasing muscular strength does speak volumes.
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Close Parent-Child Relations in Aging Europe

In times of social uncertainty, the ‘decline' of the community is a frequently mentioned concern in public debates. Families - being the most important social and microeconomic entity - are often in the centre of such discussions. The structure of families is in permanent change, particularly as a result of declining fertility rates and steady increases in life-expectancy. Karsten Hank, a senior researcher at MEA, has investigated into the state of family relations in ageing Europe, studying geographic proximity and contacts between older parents and their children.
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Social Productivity of the Older Population: The Case of Volunteering

Many older people are willing and able to stay involved in productive ways, such as volunteering. So far, however, cross-nationally comparable data on the active participation of elders in volunteer work have been scarce. SHARE fills in this gap.
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Is one as sick as one feels?

In old-age most people suffer from health impairments. Estimations concerning one's own physical condition, however, are subjective and can vary between different people immensely, despite suffering from the same infirmities. MEA-researcher Hendrik Jürges has investigated the self-perception of health within Europe. For this purpose he has developed an objective health-measure and compares the results with personal evaluations of European seniors.
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News

Bavarian State Medal for Prof. Börsch-Supan

Prof Börsch-Supan was recognized by the Bavarian government with the award of the Bavarian State...

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The Baltic Sea States Project

New joint project started (MPISOC/MPIDR/Population Europe)

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SHARE press release - Mutual Learning: Joint pan-European research improves the understanding of ageing societies

Extension of SHARE study allows for EU-wide country-comparisons

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The development of the pension gap and German households’ saving behavior

New MEA Discussion Paper published

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Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences to Angus Deaton

Angus Deaton was honored with the Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred...

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30.08.2017: MEA Seminar - Economics of Aging (Kopie 2)

Gregor Sand: "The Impact of Large-Scale Immigration on the Well-Being of Natives 50+ in Europe"

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30.08.2017: MEA Seminar - Economics of Aging

Gregor Sand: "The Impact of Large-Scale Immigration on the Well-Being of Natives 50+ in Europe"

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