Countries' divorce rates affect individual care behaviour
Relatives continue to play an important role in providing childcare in Europe while family ties are increasingly interrupted by divorce across generations: A study based on SHARE data finds that divorced grandparents provide less care for their grandchildren than married grandparents. In countries where divorce is more common, however, this disruptive effect is significantly weaker. >> Read more
Wealth Gap between Migrants and Natives in Europe
How migrants' country of origin, age at migration and citizenship influence the gap
Older migrants are, on average, significantly less wealthy than a comparable group of natives, as researcher Irene Ferrari finds. However, a closer look at these numbers shows that the “nativity wealth gap” is unevenly distributed among migrants. Whether migrants' households fare better or worse is influenced by their country of origin, age at migration and citizenship. >> Read more
Adapting to functional limitations
Life satisfaction returns to pre-onset levels after five years
Researchers de Hond et al. assess how life quality of older people who suffer from chronic diseases and functional limitations changes over time. They found that respondents report a drop in both their self-reported health and their life satisfaction right after the onset of the chronic disease. After five years of living with the new condition, however, life satisfaction often returns to pre-onset levels. >> Read more
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of around 140,000 individuals (approximately 380,000 interviews) from 27 European countries and Israel aged 50 or older. The data are available to the entire research community free of charge.
SHARE responds to a Communication by the European Commission calling to "examine the possibility of establishing, in co-operation with Member States, a European Longitudinal Ageing Survey". SHARE has become a major pillar of the European Research Area, selected as one of the projects to be implemented in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2006 and given a new legal status as the first ever European Research Infrastructure Consortium (SHARE-ERIC) in March 2011. SHARE is centrally coordinated by Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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