What is it about?
New book: Welfare in an Idle Society - Reinventing Retirement, Work, Wealth, Health and Welfare
A Primer on Re-Designing Social Security to Cope with Global Ageing and 21st Century Pension Future: Austria as a Case in Point.

„With his Welfare in an Idle Society? Bernd Marin has set a ‘gold standard’. Congratulations! Nobody who will give new thoughts to re-designing Social Security can go past this encyclopaedic opus.“
Bert Rürup

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New publication: Further Employment Biography of Blue Collar and White Collar Workers, whose Application for Invalidity Pension was rejected
Michael Fuchs: Die weitere Erwerbsbiographie von Arbeitern und Angestellten, deren Antrag auf Invaliditätspension abgelehnt wurde, in: Soziale Sicherheit 5/2013, 256-265.
The period of observation was rejections in the year 2004 with a follow-up period till mid 2010. For the years following the rejection a small share of employment spells, a high share of unemployment spells, and still the widely used "rescue" into being granted an invalidity or old age pension till the end of the observation period finally can be observed. When comparing blue-collar workers with white-collar workers – by controlling for several other independent variables in multivariate analyses – a far-reaching "betterment" of white-collar workers can be observed. Read more about this publication.
New project: MOPACT
MOPACT – Making longevity an asset for economic and social development – is a four-year European research project involving various universities, institutes, public authorities and the European Centre. The joint research intends to create a high-quality, multi-disciplinary critical mass of leading researchers in the closest possible partnership with stakeholders. Through a carefully planned iterative process, MOPACT will build a compendium of essential state-of-the-art and foresight intelligence upon which to develop the policy, practice, service and product developments and innovations required to make longevity an asset for social and economic development. For more details on our involvement, see our project page
Health Data Navigator is live!
...and was launched during the final EuroREACH conference taking place on 16-17 May 2013 in Vienna. Rich discussions on the challenges of comparative performance assessment in the area of health stressed the relevance of EuroREACH results for good practice data use. The content and functionality of the Health Data Navigator was interactively presented. Participants including high-level speakers and stakeholders confirmed the importance of this innovative tool and strongly supported efforts to sustain and to expand the Health Data Navigator. A Toolkit for comparative performance analysis was produced to provide an overview of the content and functionality of the Health Data Navigator.
Interview: High-tech care with a heart
In an interview with Allianz Knowledge Andrea E. Schmidt provides insights into a recently published study on innovative solutions in dealing with home care for older people. The interview and the photo gallery allow a better understanding of how societies might be able to deal with the challenges of allowing older people to remain in their own homes as long as possible in the future, by supporting family carers with information and communication technologies.
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Culture or Institutions? What Influences the Caring Choices of Young Families?
On 23 May, Steve Saxonberg (Masaryk University) gave an International Seminar on What Influences the Caring Choices of Young Families?
Presentation: “Who carries the purse? Decision-making among couples in times of need”
Orsolya Lelkes gave a presentation at the MC-SILC and Microcensus User Conference 2013, Statistik Austria, on 8th May. Using data from the 2010 EU-SILC ad hoc module on intra-household sharing of resources with around 150,000 European couples, Lelkes showed that poor couples tend to pool all their resources. At the same time, it is more likely that one partner takes the lead in decision-making. In Austria, men are more likely to be the main decision-makers (related to expensive purchases of consumer durables) among poor couples, but there is no general gender pattern across all EU countries.
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Increasing life expectancy and self-stabilizing pensions: comparing Swedish and Austrian models
On 30 April, Dr Markus Knell (Austrian National Bank) gave an International Seminar on "Increasing life expectancy and self-stabilizing pension systems: A comparison between the Swedish and the Austrian model". Knell discussed how pay-as-you-go pension systems can be designed such that they remain financially stable in the presence of increasing life expectancy, focusing particularly on the notional defined contribution (NDC) type first adopted by Sweden. He contrasted the main properties of NDC with those of the Austrian APG (a “benefit based account system”). An NDC system is able to automatically react to increasing life expectancy if two crucial parameters are set in an appropriate way - remaining life expectancy used for annuitization has to be based on a cross-section measure and the notional interest rate has to include a correction for labor force increases that are only due to rises in the retirement age which are necessary to “neutralize” the increase in life expectancy.
A cohort analysis of inequality in West Germany, France and the US
On 13 June, Louis Chauvel (University of Luxembourg) will give an International Seminar on Welfare regimes, birth cohort imbalances and the scarring of the younger generations.