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Job advertisement – Health Economist / Health Policy Analyst
We are looking for a researcher to work on a broad range of issues of health economics and health and social policy in an international comparative perspective, including effectiveness and efficiency of health care services, cross-border health care issues in the European Union, and health care performance measurement. Please note that the closing date for applying for our vacancy “Health Economist / Health Policy Analyst” is 20 March 2014. Please consult our job description.


Updated data base on poverty and inequality in Europe
The on-line data base of the Social Situation Monitor has now been updated on the European Commission website. These research findings include comparative analyses across the EU of income inequality, the risk of poverty, material deprivation, the distribution of wealth, and non-monetary aspects of well-being. They are based to a large extent on the EU-SILC (Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) and they extend the periodic studies produced by Eurostat. The European Centre team with Katrin Gasior and Orsolya Lelkes prepared the analysis on the risk of poverty across Europe (see our project page).
The political and policy consequences of population aging
Why do we need more theoretically complex approaches to understand the political and policy consequences of population aging?
Pieter Vanhuysse has contributed two entries on this question at Oxford's Openpop.org academic blog on global population issues and at the University of Duisburg's Aus der Wissenschaft für die Politik (in German) blog. These academic collaborative blogs aim to maximise the economic and social impact of social science research through engagement with policymakers, the media and other stakeholders.

Upcoming Event

Seventh Diversity Ball, 17 May, Vienna
The Diversity Ball takes place since 2007 and pursues one goal: one night long all men should celebrate together – regardless of religion, income, with or without disability, skin colour and national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender or language. Diversity can and should be lived! Differences are welcomed and perceived as enrichment. The Diversity Ball carries our philosophy of inclusion to the outside and is Vienna’s only event that brings together all its diversity communities. People and personalities from business, politics, culture, society, the social sector and the media world meet in diversity in practice.

Past Events

International Seminar: Skills and Inequality
What is the role of vocational skills in the 21st century? Professor Marius Busemeyer (University of Konstanz) gave an EC international seminar on the political economy of education reforms in western Welfare states. The first part of the seminar explained the emergence of different education development paths by highlighting the role of partisan politics in interaction with different institutional contexts. The second part discussed how educational institutions affect contemporary patterns of social inequality and popular attitudes towards education policy and the welfare state. Download full paper of the presentation at the event website.
Long-term Care: Who should provide it, who would buy it and why it matters
The Swedish welfare state, known for its universal system and comprehensive entitlements, has seen a sharp increase of private providers in long-term care in the last two decades which triggered a heated public debate on quality across different providers and users' choice. In a workshop held in the context of the "Make or Buy" project commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs on 29 January 2014 in Stockholm, the European Centre's team discussed implications of privatisation and individualization of care services on competition, choice and quality of care with Swedish long-term care experts. For the final report and policy briefs that will soon become available, please keep an eye on our website and newsletter.
Contact: Ricardo Rodrigues and Juliane Winkelmann
Wanted: Ways of Transforming Long-term Care in Europe
It is one of the questions at the centre of many policy debates in Europe how to transform older people’s longer life expectancy into active and health life years. In an international symposium, ways of coordination between Member States were explored to implement a sustainable plan for long-term care. Aspects of jobs in the sector, quality standards, as well as data collection and financing were discussed in a panel debate, in which Andrea Schmidt took part together with representatives from DG Health and Consumers (European Commission) and other renowned European stakeholders in Brussels.