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A Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - Wave 5

English title A Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - Wave 5
Applicant Maurer Jürgen
Number 139514
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Institut d'Economie et de Management de la Santé (IEMS) Université de Lausanne
Institution of higher education University of Lausanne - LA
Main discipline Economics
Start/End 01.02.2012 - 31.01.2014
Approved amount 1'644'172.00
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All Disciplines (6)

Discipline
Economics
Methods of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Sociology
Public Health and Health Services
Political science
Medico-Social Problems of the Elderly

Keywords (7)

Interdisciplinary; Survey; SHARE; Retirement; Ageing; Health; Infrastructure

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a biannual study which started in 2002. It is the first multidisciplinary panel data collection on health, retirement and socio-economic status of the individuals aged 50 or over in Europe.

 

SHARE covers numerous aspects, such as health, health care utilization, work, family ties, consumption, income or saving behaviours, describing the general life situation of older persons in Europe. It can be used to study the life circumstances of older persons in different European countries and evaluate the impact of specific public policies such as social security or health care reform. SHARE is hence an indispensible research infrastructure for studying ageing in Europe.

 

The SHARE project is coordinated at the European level by the team of Professor Axel Börsch-Supan at at the Munich Center for Health Economics (Germany). The Institute of Health Economics and Management (IEMS) an institute of the University of Lausanne and the University Hospital (CHUV) is responsible for the Swiss country study of SHARE and collaborates with the Swiss Center of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) regarding its implementation.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Central European University, Department of Economics Hungary (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA Faculdade de Economia Portugal (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Public Health, Odense Denmark (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
University of Venice, Dept. of Economics, Venice Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
CEPS/INSTEAD, Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques Luxembourg (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
University of Liège,CREPP, Liège Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX UEssex Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros, Madrid Spain (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Institut de Recherche et de Documentation en Economie de la Santé, Paris France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
The Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Prague Czech Republic (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
National Centre for Social Research Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
University of Padua, Dept. of Economics, Padua Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Panteion University, Athens Greece (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Society Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Warsaw University, Dept. of Economics, Warsaw Poland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
TALLIN UNIVERSITY, Estonian Institute for Population Studies Estonia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana Slovenia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Tilburg University, CentER, Tilburg Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Uppsala University Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Centrum Analiz Ekonomicznych Poland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
University of Linz, Dept. of Economics, Linz Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
UCD Geary Institute, University College, Dublin Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
The Role of Biomarkers in Population-Based Social Surveys on Aging Individual talk Conference Organization 07.09.2013 Zurich, Switzerland Maurer Jürgen; Holly Alberto; Farago Peter;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
The Role of Biomarkers in Population-Based Social Surveys on Aging Workshop 07.09.2013 Zurich, Switzerland Maurer Jürgen; Holly Alberto; Farago Peter;


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
198053 Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - 2021-2024 01.01.2021 Research Infrastructure
151001 SWISS HOUSEHOLD PANEL - 2014 - 2016 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
126791 A Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - Wave 4 01.02.2010 Research Infrastructure
151007 Rapport social 2016 / Sozialbericht 2016 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
170403 A Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - 2017-2020 01.02.2017 Research Infrastructure
150997 A Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - Wave 6 01.02.2014 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

Switzerland is one of 15 European countries that have participated in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) project since its beginning in 2004. SHARE is the first cross-national and longitudinal study providing representative and interdisciplinary information on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of persons aged of 50 and over in Europe. SHARE depicts an emergent picture of growing old Europe, thus filling an important gap in terms of available data on the elderly in Europe. SHARE strives to understand ageing and how it affects individuals across the diverse cultural and welfare settings of Europe. After the project’s successful start in 2004-05 with its first wave of data collection, the study went longitudinal in 2006-07, (re-)interviewing more than 35,000 individuals aged 50 and over in wave 2. The survey’s third wave of 2008-09 (SHARELIFE) was conducted in 13 countries and collected detailed life histories from previous SHARE respondents, thus retaining the longitudinal aspect of the survey. The fourth wave of SHARE is again comparable to the first two waves, expanding the longitudinal dimension of the data by re-interviewing the same respondents as in the previous waves. In addition, wave 4 has also been accompanied by a large increase in the size of the Swiss sample, which grew from about 1500 to roughly 3800 respondents aged 50 and older residing all over Switzerland.The present proposal concerns the fifth wave of data collection for the SHARE project in Switzerland. Wave 5 of SHARE takes place within the new framework of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) for SHARE named SHARE-ERIC, which was established by the European Commission on March 17, 2011. Within this framework, all countries participating in the SHARE project follow common survey procedures with the goal of collecting strictly comparable data that allow for reliable cross-country research. The long-term ambitions of SHARE-ERIC are 1) continued data collection for SHARE every two years 2) an extension of the SHARE project to all 27 European Union member states plus Switzerland and Israel. There are two main objectives of Wave 5 of the SHARE project, hereafter “SHARE 2012”. The first consists of improving the general quality of the survey. Specifically, increased effort will be placed on the design of the questionnaire in order to clarify, and if necessary complement existing questions with additional survey content. Besides these improvements in the SHARE questionnaire, SHARE 2012 will take a similar form as the existing waves 1, 2 and 4 (SHARE 2004, 2006 and 2010) of the project. The second goal of Wave 5 is thus to extend the longitudinal dimension of the existing survey. To this end, SHARE 2012 will re-interview the same respondents as in SHARE 2010 in order to track changes in individual circumstances over time.The proposed continuation of the SHARE project in Switzerland will reinforce a key infrastructure initiated with SHARE in 2004, which is important for at least two main reasons. First, participating to SHARE 2012 offers a unique opportunity to connect previously collected data of 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 with more recent information on older persons in Switzerland, which allows a tracking of the dynamic aging process in Switzerland over time. A deep understanding of ageing is only possible based on repeated observations of the same individuals, which can be used to study their adaptation to major changes in health, economic and family circumstances that typically occur with ageing. Specifically, ageing is a process and not a state, and processes need to be observed over time. Repeated observations help in disentangling complex causal relationships between different dimensions of the ageing process, which is not possible in standard cross-sectional data. Furthermore, Switzerland as well as the other European countries are undergoing rapid institutional changes, whose impact can only be tracked with longitudinal data, which allows researchers to directly observe individuals’ reactions to policy changes such as social security or health care reform. In addition, participation in SHARE 2012 permits researchers to perform comparative cross-national analysis including Switzerland and allows Switzerland to remain a participating country to the SHARE research infrastructure that constitutes a fundamental and innovative resource for science and public policy. Following current practice, a user-friendly version of the SHARE data will be made available free of charge, which further enhances the already high value of the SHARE data to the research community
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