SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 3 - August 2021
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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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Risky health behaviour and compliance to preventive COVID-19 measures

People with behavioural risk factors are less likely to comply
Despite their high vulnerability, elderly people with behavioural risk factors like smoking or heavy drinking did not report higher adherences to preventive measures and are even less likely to engage in preventive hygiene measures such as hand-washing. Further, the engagement in multiple risk factors increases the likelihood of non-compliance with preventive hygiene measures. >> Read more

Changes of working environments during the pandemic

Job characteristics affect the probability of work interruptions and homeworking

Which job features have been pivotal for work interruptions or shifting to homeworking during the pandemic? Safe and essential jobs had the lowest probability of experiencing work interruptions and showed the highest rates of people working at least partially from home. Particularly women, less educated workers and self-employed had a higher probability to stop working and undergo longer work interruptions. >> Read more

Health behaviour of high-risk individuals

Health behaviour during the pandemic differs by the presence of chronical diseases considered as risk factors for COVID-19

Older people with high risks of severe COVID-19 infections due to chronic conditions such as hypertension and heart diseases are on average more careful and take more effort to avoid infections compared to healthy people. Further, they even keep their cautiousness over time in easing phases of the pandemic.  >> Read more

Motivators for protective behaviour during COVID-19

Increased anxiousness, fear of infection and an optimistic outlook into the future are the main motivators for protective health behaviour

Fear of infection and feeling more anxious than before Corona are associated with more self-protective behaviour. Further, although fear and optimism seem to be contradicting, a study with SHARE data finds that both indicators are equally strong motivators for showing protective behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. >> Read more
About SHARE:
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. From 2004 until today, 480,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people aged 50 or older from 28 European countries and Israel have been conducted. Thus, SHARE is the largest pan-European social science panel study providing internationally comparable longitudinal micro data which allows insights in the fields of public health and socio-economic living conditions of European individuals, both for scientists and policy makers. SHARE has global impact since it not only covers all EU member countries in a strictly harmonized way but additionally is embedded in a network of sister studies all over the world, from the Americas to Eastern Asia. SHARE is centrally coordinated at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), a division of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, directed by Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. as Managing Director of SHARE-ERIC.
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