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Research Note: “The 2010 ad hoc EU-SILC module on the intra-household sharing of resources”
The Research Note analyses patterns of money management and decision-making in couples based on the 2010 ad hoc EU-SILC module. Our findings show considerable heterogeneity in money management patterns. In Southern Europe most couples pool all of their income, while in Finland and Austria income pooling occurs only in slightly more than half of couple households. Couples with higher education are more likely to share decision-making over expensive purchases, borrowing money or the use of savings, while low-income couples are less likely to do so. There is considerable cross-country variation with respect to which partner manages scarce resources.
This Research Note was co-authored by Orsolya Lelkes and is an outcome of the Social Situation Observatory project.
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Refereed journal article: "Happier and less isolated: internet use in old age"
In her recently published article in the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Orsolya Lelkes argues that internet use may be a useful way of reducing social isolation in old age, and it does not crowd out face-to-face contacts. The results, based on a European multi-country cross-sectional dataset with over 11000 observations suggest that social isolation is lower among internet users aged 65 or over. The author also found a positive relationship between regular internet use and self-reported life satisfaction, all else being equal. Download working paper version
“Into the future with the Health Data Navigator”: Final EuroREACH Conference, 16-17 May 2013, Vienna
This conference presents EuroREACH findings and the Health Data Navigator. As a toolbox and a digitized compendium for researchers and policy-makers, the Health Data Navigator provides a conceptual framework and validated information about available data sources for improved performance assessment and comparative health systems research. For more information click here.
Government report with our contribution: “Lebenslagen in Deutschland. Der Vierte Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht der Bundesregierung”
The 4th Poverty and Richness Report covers the period 2007–2012 and is part of a series published since 2001 by the German Federal Government. Orsolya Lelkes, Katrin Gasior and Pieter Vanhuysse contributed to the publication by an analytical report on Germany in an international context. The report describes the social inclusion of the population of EU countries in various dimensions, including income, health, housing, education, social participation, and subjective well-being. It compares the situation of specific social groups, based on gender, age, and for some issues, migrant status. Download the European Centre report or the summary report of the German government.
Article in the new Voice magazine: “Social exclusion of young migrants in the EU”
In their article, published in the inaugural issue of the new Voice magazine, a global bi-monthly youth magazine, Orsolya Lelkes and Eszter Zólyomi present empirical evidence on the social exclusion of young migrants using large-scale European comparative data (EU-SILC). Results show that about 1.8 million young non-EU-born migrants and about 300 thousand young EU-born migrants are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. About one out of three non-EU-born young migrants live in a household at risk of poverty.
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Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies reviewed in Journal of European Social Policy
Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Policies and Politics, edited by the Centre's Pieter Vanhuysse and Achim Goerres (University of Duisburg), has been reviewed in Journal of European Social Policy (Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 530-531). Excerpts: ‘Pieter Vanhuysse and Achim Goerres wish to shed light on … one of the major policy challenges in advanced democracies … (with) an original and timely contribution to existing research … (that) offers a much-needed broadening of the research agenda related to generational politics. … One of the merits of this book is to demonstrate that to fit the label ‘generational politics’ the research agenda should comprise the life-course from the cradle to the grave.’
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Past International Seminar: Cross-national and Intertemporal Variations in Income Inequalities: What do the available data say?
On Thursday 23 March, Istvan Gyorgy Toth () gave an International Seminar on the development of within country income inequalities in 30 countries between 1980 and 2010. Inequality and poverty data based on country reports delivered within the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) project was collected and put into the most possible consistent time series for each countries. The dataset is unique and wide ranging, offering new insights into development of inequalities in a joint set of OECD and EU members.
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Upcoming International Seminar: Increasing life expectancy and self-stabilizing pension system (Markus Knell)
The presentation will discuss how pay-as-you-go pension systems can be designed such that they remain financially stable in the presence of increasing life expectancy. It will particularly focus on the notional defined contribution (NDC) type that has become quite prominent over the recent decades and is used in an increasing number of countries. It will contrast the main properties of the NDC system (a “contribution based account system”) with the working of the Austrian APG (a “benefit based account system”). It will show that a NDC system is able to automatically react to increasing life expectancy if two crucial parameters are set in an appropriate way.
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