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New publication: Das österreichische Gesundheitssystem. Akteure, Daten, Analysen
In a forthcoming book Maria M. Hofmarcher comprehensively describes the current structure of the Austrian health care system with its economic and political contexts. In addition, current and planned reform initiatives are described and analyzed. The book is a comprehensive reference work on the health care system in Austria written for all stakeholders, decision- and policy-makers in health care and health industry. It provides extensive data on the health care system and the impact of reforms including an analysis of legislation and reform initiatives in Austria.
New publication: Zwischen Ökonomisierung und Work-Life-Balance - Perspektiven zur Abwanderung von deutschem Gesundheitspersonal nach Österreich
Many EU countries face a shortage in medical doctors, as a result of demographic ageing and difficulties in retaining and recruiting health care staff. In a recently published study, Andrea E. Schmidt (European Centre) und Eva Klambauer (University of Cambridge) look at what moves German doctors to come to Austria, and do their specialist training and/or stay to work in an Austrian hospital. Interviews with medical specialists from Germany show that a better work-life balance, higher quality of life and more favourable working conditions are the major factors for German specialists to remain in Austria. Qualitative factors should be further analysed in order to avoid future brain drain of high-qualified health care staff.
New publication: A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care
Governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to older people with reduced physical and mental abilities, says this new OECD/European Commission report about quality in long-term care. Most countries have legislation to prevent abuse, including encouraging public disclosure of specific cases, complaint mechanisms and an ombudsman to deal with concerns. However, very few countries systematically measure whether long-term care is safe, effective, and meets the needs of care recipients. The report contains contributions from experts from the OECD, Austria, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Kai Leichsenring together with Henk Nies and Roelf van der Veen (Vilans, The Netherlands) contributed a chapter on ‘Quality Measurement and Improvement in Long-term Care in Europe’.
New publication: Challenges of Ageing Societies in the Visegrad Countries
This book, edited by Zsuzsa Széman, covers a comprehensive picture of the challenges of ageing in the Central European Visegrad Four – Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary – and at the same time also formulates answers and presents the results of several new research findings including examples of good practice. The contributions focus on socio-economic challenges of population ageing with special emphasis on long-term care, taking into account labour market trends as well as societal, environmental and ICT solutions. The book highlights the diversity, the similarities and differences of the research findings until now hardly or not at all accessible for the “English-using” scientific world. Kai Leichsenring contributed a chapter on ‘Constructing Long-term Care Systems in Europe – Theoretical Considerations and Examples of Innovative Practice’.
Understanding demographic change and healthy ageing requires high quality data
The Joint Programme Initiative’s (JPI) ‘More Years, Better Lives’ project concluded with a final Scientific Working Group meeting in Berlin on 3 June 2013 where policy recommendations for a future research agenda and data collection initiatives at the European and national levels were formulated. The objective of the data-mapping project was to use specific assessment criteria to analyse available data sources relevant for demographic change in Austria and across Europe. At a workshop on 6 June, the European Centre presented the results of the Austrian data-mapping exercise. Interactive sessions with participating stakeholders led to recommendations for future data collection and data policy in Austria. More information here.
Contribution to the Global Economic Symposium Ideas Fair Briefs
Pieter Vanhuysse contributed an entry to the Ideas Fair Brief 1/2013 which summarizes presentations at the most recent Global Economic Symposium in Rio de Janeiro, co-organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
Quick scan service for Israeli NLO: Poverty Councils
At the request of our Israeli National Liaison Official (NLO) Renée Techelet, researchers at the Centre performed a quick scan survey of various poverty reduction councils. There is a rich and varied tradition of such councils, going back to at least the classic early case of President Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers, which provided the rationale for “a war on poverty”, which was then implemented by President LB Johnson large-scale War on Poverty, announced in the 1964 Economic Report of the President. Today, the Council of Europe has its Rights and Poverty conference, and the Population Council has its section on children, youth and poverty. Other examples include the Central Anti-Poverty Unit in Northern Ireland and the UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission.
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Lecture at the University of Vienna's Sociology Department
On 3 June, Pieter Vanhuysse gave a lecture on measuring intergenerational justice crossnationally at the University of Vienna's Sociology Department in the 'Aging and Health Sociological Lectures' series convened by Professor Franz Kolland and Dr Caroline Berghammer.
Keynote Speech at the International Congress "Mobility and Road Safety in an Ageing Society"
Bernd Marin is Keynote Speaker at the International Congress “Mobility and Road Safety in an Ageing Society” as well as at its preluding Press Conference
The International Congress: Mobility and Road Safety in an Ageing Society (June 19-20, 2013/ Palais Ferstel in Vienna) is an international meeting of the Austrian Road Safety Board. 

The congress will focus on future aspects and solutions of mobility and transport versus safety and quality of life in the context of an ageing society.
 The congress will bring together experts from the following fields: Transport researchers, operators and regulators; Psychologists/behavioural researchers; Gerontologists/geriatricians; Urban planning researchers and policymakers; Safety researchers; Mechanical/electrical engineers from industry and academia (vehicle design, assistive technologies); Occupational therapists; Medical professionals.
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International Congress Programme and an article about the press conference in the newspaper "Wiener Zeitung".
International Seminar: the scarring of younger generations
On 13 June Professor Louis Chauvel (University of Luxembourg) gave an international seminar on ‘Welfare regimes, birth cohort imbalances and the scarring of the younger generations: a cohort analysis of inequality in West Germany, France and the US.’
Chauvel argued that welfare regimes have contrasted answers in terms of insiders/outsiders balances and consequences for different age groups. Using new age-period-cohort models he showed that some birth cohorts are significantly advantaged over others in terms of their living standard (real incomes after transfers and taxes, adjusted for household size) Virtually every successive birth cohort in Germany and the US experienced increasing mean disposable incomes relative to the preceding birth cohort. For France however, while disposable income increased throughout the 20th century, cohorts born before 1950 profited from this, while cohorts born after 1950 experience no gains in real living standards over previous cohorts.

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