What is it about?
Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care
Edited by Ricardo Rodrigues, Manfred Huber and Giovanni Lamura, Vienna: European Centre, November 2012. The second edition of Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care provides information on the ageing phenomenon across the UNECE region. It covers data and information on demography, social situation of older people, health, informal care, migrant care workers, public long-term care policies and expenditure for the countries of the UNECE. The publication is downloadable for free
Policy Brief: Active Ageing Index 2012 for 27 EU Member States
The AAI is a newly developed tool that offers national and European policy-makers a way to measure and promote the untapped potential of the older population. In its design, the index follows the conceptual framework of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). It makes use of a dashboard of diverse indicators, organised under four distinct domains: (1) Employment of older workers; (2) Social activity and participation of older people; (3) Independent and autonomous living of older persons; and (4) Capacity and enabling environment for active ageing. Read more
Results of the Active Ageing Index project are presented on the Closing Conference of EY2012
Bernd Marin and Asghar Zaidi presented findings of the Active Ageing Index (AAI) project at the Closing Conference for the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY 2012), held on 10 December in Nicosia, Cyprus. The AAI is being developed in a joint project with the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) and the European Centre, on behalf of the European Commission. The index measures different dimensions of active ageing and quantify untapped active ageing potentials for each country, thus showing how much progress could still be made. Read more
New study "Geld- versus Sachleistungen" published
The study "Geld- versus Sachleistungen. Wirkungsweisen und Effekte von Geldleistungen und Sachleistungen im Sozialbereich" was published on the website of the MA 24, City of Vienna. It evaluates the outcomes and effects of social monetary benefits and benefits in kind (in German).

For further information contact the authors Michael Fuchs, Kai Leichsenring, Bernd Marin and Pieter Vanhuysse.
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A new update round of EUROMOD was completed
How much would Austrian taxpayers lose from a flat tax system like it is in place in the Czech Republic? This and other questions can be answered with the help of the EUROMOD microsimulation model, which makes it possible to swap policies from one EU country to another. The Austrian national team has just finished its work of the first update year, which will now feed into the EU-wide microsimulation model. The public release of the updated EU-wide model is expected for mid-2013 and will be available for academic and not-for-profit use. Read more
New article: "Active Ageing in CIS Countries: Semantics, Challenges, and Responses"
Alexandre Sidorenko and Asghar Zaidi have published a research article in the first 2013 edition of Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, edited by Rocío Fernández-Ballesteros, Alex Kalache, Jean-Marie Robine and Alan Walker. The paper argues that the active ageing concept in CIS countries is linked with the negative notion of “accelerated ageing”, which is understood to be an individual living a life under harsh living conditions or a society experiencing rapid increases in the relative number of older persons. Yet, in the same spirit as the EY2012, the CIS countries have recently initiated sectoral programmes towards enhancing employment of older workers, social participation of older people in the society and also measures that promote health and independent living of older persons. Read more
New article on perceived pensions injustice, Israel Studies Review
Pieter Vanhuysse and Clara Sabbagh (University of Haifa) have published an article in the special issue of the journal Israel Studies Review on 'Law, Politics, Justice, and Society: Israel in a Comparative Context.' Vanhuysse and Sabbagh report on their analysis of a nationally representative sample of over 3000 respondents from the 2006 wave of the International Social Justice Project in two ‘most-different’ cases: Israel (a relatively new and demographically young but aging democracy) and Western Germany (an established and already demographically old yet still aging democracy). Sabbagh, Clara & Vanhuysse, Pieter (2012), ‘How do Israelis and Germans Assess the Justice of their Pension System?’ Israel Studies Review, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 207-212 Read more
What future for long-term care in Slovakia?
How and in which direction should long-term care services and facilities be further developed in the Slovak Republic? These and related issues were tackled during a high-level policy seminar with experts from the administration of Slovakia and the Worldbank on 11 December 2012 in Bratislava. Read more
Europe's Social Challenge: Why an Ambitious Social Program Is an Urgent Need for the EU and Not a Luxury
On Wednesday 5 December, Professor Frank Vandenbroucke (Universities of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Leuven), who as Belgian Federal Minister has been one of the driving forces behind the EU Lisbon Agenda, presented his vision for a social Europe for today and tomorrow in front of a packed seminar room at the European Centre. Read more
A New Measure of Material Deprivation in Europe
Orsolya Lelkes participated as a discussant at the 2012 International Conference on Comparative EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (6-7 December 2012, Vienna), commenting on three papers dealing with the topic of material deprivation. Material deprivation indicators provide an EU-wide measure, based on normative judgment on what is a basic need. She welcomed the revision of the current material deprivation indicator and the thorough preparatory methodological work, although she was challenging the current suggestion to include (the enforced lack of) car ownership instead of a more comprehensive measure of mobility.