SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 5 - November 2019
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SHARE Findings Newsletter


This newsletter informs about selected new research findings based on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

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How Childhood Influences Health in Later Life

Adverse socioeconomic conditions may negatively influence later life mental health

Researchers Viola Angelini et al. analyse how adverse socioeconomic conditions during childhood influence later life mental health. They find that growing up poor is associated with suffering from depression in older age. This correlation persists even after taking into account contemporaneous socioeconomic conditions of the respondents.  >> Read more

Spillover Effect of Depression in Old Age

Poor mental health can deteriorate the partner's well-being

Researchers Pascual‑Sáez et al. examine the effect of depression on the ill person's environment. Thus, individuals whose partner had reported poor mental health face a higher risk to experience low quality of life themselves. This resulted from an indirect spillover effect of depression on empathetic partners as well as taking over additional responsibilities for the ill partner.
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Children’s Education Prolongs Parents’ Life 

Lower educated parents benefit from children’s educational attainment

Education is a valuable good for a healthy life. It has been long recognised that higher educated people live a healthier and longer life than individuals in lower socioeconomic groups. Researchers Sabater et al. show that people can even benefit from having higher educated children. Thus, lower educated ageing adults who have higher educated children experience higher survival rates than their counterparts whose adult children have only compulsory education.  >> Read more
About SHARE:
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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