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The generational economy

Economic activities of individuals are closely related to their demographic characteristics such as age, gender and parental status. For example, in European countries, labour income is generated mainly by the population from age 20 to about age 60. Despite their low labour income, persons below age 20 and older than 60 are characterised by high consumption levels, with… Read More »

Reporting biases in self-assessed health

The new paper Reporting biases in self-assessed physical and cognitive health status of older Europeans explores which demographic characteristics substantially bias self-reported physical and cognitive health status of older Europeans. The analysis utilises micro-data for 19 European countries from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe to compare performance-tested outcomes of mobility and memory with their… Read More »

The rush hour of life

At age 30-49 people use considerably more time for work than for leisure. Additional to paid work, they have care responsilities for children and need to carry out the unpaid household work. We analyse how the “rush hour of life” differs between men and women in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. The results are summarized in a policy brief:… Read More »

The gender dimension of intergenerational transfers in Europe

Men and women differ considerably in their roles as providers and recipients of intergenerational transfers. Because of their higher income, men finance a higher share of public transfers to the elderly generation and of the consumption needs of children. In contrast, women carry out more unpaid work for children and other household members. The lower contributions to the… Read More »

Children and subjective economic wellbeing: poster award for Sonja Spitzer

For her poster entitled “The Subjective Cost of Young Children: A European Comparison”, Sonja Spitzer received a best poster award at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2019. Her research shows that newborns decrease the subjective economic wellbeing of households. The drop is mainly caused by increased expenses due to the birth of a child (direct costs),… Read More »