News related to FACTAGE's research programme

Posted: 10 December, 2017

Research Report on the Changing Labour Market Conditions for Older Workers

Changing Labour Market Conditions for Older Workers, Fechter & Sesselmeier
In this new FACTAGE publication, Research Report on the Changing Labour Market Conditions for Older Workers, Charlotte Fechter and Werner Sesselmeier from University Koblenz-Landau discuss the changing labour market conditions for older workers from a push-pull factor perspective. A policy brief is also available.

From the abstract:
The occurrence of push and pull factors determine, whether measures of active ageing result in their pre-dominant aim to keep older individuals longer in the labour market or not. The retention probability of older workers was evaluated, by comparing the implementation of active ageing measures across three countries: Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. Regarding institutional work disincentive and, on the other hand, barriers to employment, the extent to which higher labour market participation of older workers has been achieved over the past decade was determined.

By studying the differences of the push and pull factors, the results on trends in inequality were received. Analyses accounts for educational, occupational and sectoral differences, and compares older with younger workers’ experiences. By evaluating factors of retention the overall result was found, that recent developments of push and pull factors result in new forms of inequalities for older individuals, thereby influencing employment probability the elderly across countries studied in different ways. An increasing employment rate among older workers has been found for all the countries. From a qualitatively perspective, the diversification of employment contracts of the elderly is in evidence. Active Ageing measures across the countries studied are consistent with patterns of prolonged employment among older individuals.

Posted: 10 November, 2017

FACTAGE results presented at DACH 2017 (Policy brief available)

Tobias Göllner presented findings from the research report 'Estimating Differential Mortality from EU-SILC Longitudinal Data - A Feasibility Study' at DACH 2017 in Neuchâtel

FACTAGE presentation at DACH 2017 in Neuchâtel
Tobias Göllner (Statistics Austria) presented findings from a recently published FACTAGE report at the DACH 2017 conference 16-18 October 2017. This biannual meeting of German, Austrian and Swiss demographers (“Demographentreffen DACH”) has a long standing tradition. It was first held in Linz, Austria, in 1978. This year the event was hosted by the National Statistical Office of Switzerland. During the meeting the latest results regarding the demography of the three countries was presented. Tobias had the opportunity to present the FACTAGE project itself and the results of the first FACTAGE report regarding the feasibility of estimations of differential mortality using EU-SILC data. The presentation generated lots of valuable input for the next stage of the research programme.

Moreover, another talk discussed a methodology on how to deal with underrepresented mortality in a follow-up study similar to the situation researched within FACTAGE. The suggested methodology will be evaluated to see if it may be applied in the FACTAGE project. For more information see the report 'Estimating Differential Mortality from EU-SILC Longitudinal Data - A Feasibility Study' and the related policy brief.

Posted: 1 November, 2017

NEW FACTAGE publication

Estimating Differential Mortality from EU-SILC Longitudinal Data - A Feasibility Study

Differential mortality estimates, Poland and Bulgaria
In a new FACTAGE publication, Johannes Klotz and Tobias Göllner from Statistics Austria point to the missing quality data on differential mortality in a number of EU countries. They then propose to obtain estimates of differential mortality from EU-SILC data.

From the abstract:
Socio-economic differences in mortality have become increasingly important in an era of pension reforms. Some European countries cannot provide any figures on the subject, and available figures are not easily comparable between countries because of different data sources, time periods and stratification variables. We present a new and relatively easy approach to obtain comparative European figures based on harmonized survey sample data.

Longitudinal information of the EU-SILC survey (micro data on individuals and households) is extracted from Eurostat’s User Database (UDB) which is available to researchers carrying out statistical analyses for scientific purposes.

Posted: 1 October, 2017

EC/OECD workshop FACTAGE Presentation

Presentation at HiNEWS Final Workshop, 25 – 26 September 2017

On 25 September Mikkel Barslund presented FACTAGE work under the titel 'Recent trends in health ineqaulity among old-age groups accross the EU.' at the final conference of the HiNEWS project in Paris. The two-day conference 'Health Inequalities in European Welfare States drew a large and engaged audience. Apart from presentations and interventions from the HiNEWS project, several other organisations and projects were present such as the OECD, EC, CEPS, ASPHER and EuroHealthNet.

A short summary of the conference is available here (external link).

Posted: 28 July, 2017

Asghar Zaidi presented key findings from the Active Ageing Index at IAGG2017 in San Francisco

FACTAGE's Asghar Zaidi presenting at IAGG2017 At a session titled ‘Challenges and opportunities linked with summary measures of well-being in later life’ at the 2017 IAGG World Congress Asghar Zaidi presented key findings from the the Active Ageing Index project.

From the programme:
We’ve all heard the saying “What gets measured gets done”. In addressing challenges and opportunities of population ageing, this motto points to the urgency of developing a high-quality evidence base which can show how specific experiences of ageing at the individual level can be enriched with better informed public policy responses and more age-friendly environments. The relevant measurements are the summary measures of well-being of older people and the age-friendliness of the communities in which older people reside. The current examples of such summary measures include the EU/UNECE Active Ageing Index "AAI", the HelpAge Global AgeWatch Index and the AARP’s Livability Index. Age UK’s Well-being in Later Life (WILL) Index is the latest addition which has also sought to improve upon the usefulness for the advocacy and policy advice of such composite indices. The WHO’s work on indicators of age-friendly cities also has a similar potential of serving the public good. This symposium will discuss the challenges and opportunities linked with the development of such aggregate summary measures, and what lessons can be learned regarding future collaborative work in this area.

The discussion at the Symposium will lead to developing a good understanding of what are the challenges and opportunities of developing a comprehensive summary measure of older people’s well-being, at the individual and societal level. The symposium will help develop collaborations with a wide array of researchers and stakeholders from countries around the world, so as to assess their demand of summary measures of well-being of older people. The symposium will improve our understanding of global ageing and its challenges and opportunities in different cultural and institutional contexts.

Posted: 10 July, 2017

EC/OECD workshop FACTAGE Presentation

Presentation at EC/OECD workshop

On 28 June Mikkel Barslund gave a presentation titled 'How Denmark as ‘linking’ pioneer delivers longer working lives' at the EC/OECD workshop 'Delivering higher effective retirement ages' in Brussels.

The panel also included Axel Börsch-Supan, Professor, Director of MEA, Max-Planck-Institute, Munich, Matteo Jessoula, Professor, University of Milan and Hervé BOULHOL, Senior Economist, OECD, Pensions and Ageing

See more about the workshop here and download the full programme (pdf) here.

Posted: 1 July, 2017

FACTAGE presentation at Workshop on skill mismatch

FACTAGE presentation at Workshop on skill mismatch
David Wilkinson presented the paper 'Skill mismatch and workplace performance in Britain' on June 30 at a two-day workshop in Torino titled 'Skill mismatch: measurement issues and consequences on innovative and inclusive societies'

See more about the workshop here and download the full programme (pdf) here.

Posted: 8 May, 2017

Policies for an aged workforce in Europe

Asghar Zaidi presented the Active Ageing Index at OSE stakeholder workshop

OSE workshop on policies for an aged workforce On 5 May Asghar Zaidi presented the Active Ageing Index 26 April at an OSE stakeholder workshop in Brussels.

From the programme:
In spite of the current strong emphasis in all European countries on means to tackle youth unemployment, the participation of older individuals in the labour market remains a significant policy challenge. The OSE and the Fondazione Brodoloni (IT) are involved in a European Commission-funded project on ‘Policies for an Aged Workforce in the EU’ (PAWEU). The goal of the research is to analyse the situation of the ageing population in the EU, notably regarding their employability and workability patterns, as well as the reforms undertaken in social protection systems and labour market policies

Posted: 1 May, 2017

FACTAGE event - 26 April in Brussels

Are longer working lives for all? Exploring Emerging inequalities

FACTAGE project event in Brussels, April 2017, Longer Working Lives On 26 April the FACTAGE conference Are longer working lives for all? Exploring Emerging inequalities took take place at CEPS in Brussels.

Working longer is the fundamental response to the challenges posed by population ageing to European welfare states. FACTAGE, a new CEPS-led European Joint Programming Initiative project, explores where and how the extension of working lives could lead to the emergence of socioeconomic inequalities. This first FACTAGE conference explored inequalities in health, mortality and skills use among older workers. Each of the sessions led to plenty of questions and discussion.

Posted: 18 March, 2017

Workshop at Statistics Austria in Vienna on Socioeconomic inequalities (15-17 March)

FACTAGE event in Vienna, March 2017, Socioeconomic inequalities in life expectancy The FACTAGE Expert Workshop on Differential Mortality took place at Statistics Austria, from 15 to 17 March 2017. Around 20 international experts came together, shared their knowledge and engaged in discussions. The workshop was split in four sessions: Using Sample Data for Mortality Analysis, Comparative Analysis of Health and Mortality Inequalities, Inequalities in Well Being as a Demographic Challenge, and Learning from National Case Studies. A social program accompanied the workshop and included an invitation to a traditional Viennese Heurigen.

The aim of the workshop was threefold: to promote the FACTAGE project within the international research community, to enhance scholarly exchange between official statistics and academia, and to get input for open issues in FACTAGE WP4. Both presentations and discussions contributed substantially to it. FACTAGE will profit greatly from the input given by the experts on its approach to comparative European mortality estimation. Several key findings could be condensed at the end of the workshop.

The self-contained workshop was considered a huge success by many participants, and Statistics Austria received very positive feedback on it. Another workshop within FACTAGE WP4 will follow in spring 2018 (use the signup form here to indicate interest in participating). Its purpose is to bring together experts from National Statistical Institutes to apply the methodology to be developed in FACTAGE to estimate differential mortality with their own data.

The programme for the event is available from website of Statistics Austria

Posted: 29 February, 2017

Productivity in ageing societies – what impact on the economy?

In the context of its research programme on Ageing Societies, CEPS organised a half day workshop on the topic of Ageing and Productivity (slides here) with participation of the Commission, academics, international organisations and other stakeholders. Not only are European populations ageing, but the average age of the workforce is ageing even faster due to a continued extension of working lives. Christian Ebeke, a senior economist at the IMF, presented research on the relationship between an ageing labour force and labour productivity. His conclusions were pessimistic on this relationship as he showed that countries already under strain in southern Europe are projected to experience the largest decline in relative productivity. Lucy Stokes from NIESR presented a somewhat more positive view based on a company survey of managers’ assessments of the performance of older staff members. On the positive side, Mikkel Barslund from CEPS showed that Japan – by and large 20 years ahead of Germany in the process of societal ageing – has had average labour productivity in the past 20 years. Among the questions discussed, the issue of technology in enhancing labour productivity attracted special attention; as well as ways to ensure productivity growth in the public sector.