New SHARE-based study compares the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden
Researcher L. Leopold examines how health varies between groups of different educational backgrounds in four countries. The results show that health problems are more prevalent among lower educated groups. However, the gap in the health status of lower- versus higher-educated people is largest in the US. Leopold further observes extensive disparities in the overall health between the countries: Even higher-educated Americans have similar or worse health than lower-educated people in the other three countries. >> Read more
Internet use among older Europeans
New SHARE-based study explores which Europeans aged 50+ are online
According to the study of König et al. nearly half of Europe's generation 50+ uses the world wide web. In the future this share might even be higher as increasing numbers from 2012 to 2015 indicate. However, the proportion of older internet users is considerably varying between countries, being highest in the Northern and Western regions and lower in the South and the East. Also individual circumstances contribute to the frequency of Internet use, such as gender, age, health, or education. >> Read more
Educational inequalities and cognition in old age
New study with SHARE data shows the long-term impact of education in young age
Researchers from Luxembourg and Peru explore the health effects of educational inequalities in later life. The results show that longer education is associated with better cognition in old age. However, women are more likely to be affected by cognitive inequality than men. One driver dehind this inequality may be the generally lower level of educational attainment of women. >> 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 more than 120,000 individuals (approximately 297,000 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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