The Individual and the Welfare State

Life Histories in Europe

Editors: Börsch-Supan, A., Brandt, M., Hank, K., Schröder, M. (Eds.)

  • Provides an introduction to the great research potential of SHARELIFE data
  • Gives an interdisciplinary overview over all relevant topics in the research fields of ageing and social policy
  • Targeted to the research community but also to professionals and practitioners
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Our health, our income and our social networks at older ages are the consequence of what has happened to us over the course of our lives. The situation at age 50+ reflects our own decisions as well as many environmental factors, especially interventions by the welfare state such as education policies, access to health care and many types of social protection from poverty relief to housing subsidies and maternity support. This book explores the richness of 28,000 life histories in thirteen European countries – ranging from Scandinavia to Central and Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean – collected as part of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Combining these data with a comprehensive account of European welfare state interventions provides a unique opportunity to answer the important public policy questions of our time – how the welfare state affects people’s incomes, housing, families, retirement, volunteering and health. The overarching theme of the welfare state creates a book of genuinely interdisciplinary analyses, a valuable resource for economists, gerontologists, historians, political scientists, public health analysts, and sociologists alike.

About the authors

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim, Director of the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) and Coordinator of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

Dr. Martina Brandt is a Senior Researcher at the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) in the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), University of Mannheim.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, University of Cologne.

Mathis Schröder, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at the German Socio Economic Panel (SOEP) in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). He was the Project Manager for the SHARELIFE project at the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) from 2007 to 2010.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Employment and Health at 50+: An Introduction to a Life History Approach to European Welfare State Interventions

    Börsch-Supan, Axel (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Explaining Persistent Poverty in SHARE: Does the Past Play a Role?

    Tinios, Platon (et al.)

    Pages 19-29

  • Childhood, Schooling and Income Inequality

    Cavapozzi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 31-43

  • Human Capital Accumulation and Investment Behaviour

    Cavapozzi, Danilo (et al.)

    Pages 45-57

  • The Impact of Childhood Health and Cognition on Portfolio Choice

    Christelis, Dimitris (et al.)

    Pages 59-66

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-17471-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Individual and the Welfare State
Book Subtitle
Life Histories in Europe
Editors
  • Axel Börsch-Supan
  • Martina Brandt
  • Karsten Hank
  • Mathis Schröder
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-17472-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-17472-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-17471-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 285
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