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Employment and health at 50+: a life history approach to european welfare state interventions

Objective

Health and work are key determinants of our well-being. They are thus major objectives of the European welfare state, e.g. of the Lisbon agenda. Yet, health and employment vary tremendously across EU member states. The aim of this proposal is to shed light on the mechanisms through which welfare state interventions may be responsible for such differences and thus contribute to improved governance and policy design.

We propose an innovative analysis of past and current welfare state interventions in Europe that has three powerful features: First, we will take a life history approach as we believe that the full effect of welfare state interventions can only be assessed over the entire life course and not by comparing concurrent policies and outcomes. Specifically, the proposed research will collect life history micro data to identify intervention points at which welfare state policies - such as education, income support programs, work place regulations, health care systems, old-age and disability pension systems - affect women and men at various points in their lives.

Some interventions offset, others amplify each other, and they may have cumulative effects over the life course. Also, the timing of interventions is key in identifying their causal effects. Second, we use a multidisciplinary approach that explicitly accounts for the interactions between health, work conditions and employment. Analysing health or employment in isolation ignores the interactions between health care and labour market policies. These interactions are long-term but we believe that they are crucial in creating different health and employment outcomes.

Finally, we base our analyses on an innovative combination of life history, cross-sectional micro and institutional macro data that takes account of general policy differences as well as the large heterogeneity of life circumstances in EU member countries which make similar policies work differently in different life circumstances.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-4
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

MANNHEIM UNIVERSITY
Address
Schloss
Mannheim
Germany

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITY OF DUESSELDORF
Germany
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 1
10 10 07 Duesseldorf
ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM
Netherlands
Address
Dr. Molewaterplein 50
PB 2040 Rotterdam
LES HOSPICES CHUV
Switzerland
Address
Rue Du Bugnon 21
Lausanne
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Viii Febbraio 2
Padova
CENTRO INTERUNIVERSITARIO DI STUDI IN ECONOMIA E FINANZA
Italy
Address
Via Ponte Don Melillo
Fisciano (Sa)
TILBURG UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Warandelaan, 2
90153 Tilburg
INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES
United Kingdom
Address
7 Ridgmount Street
London
JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITY OF LINZ
Austria
Address
Altenbergerstrasse 69
Linz
ECONOMICS INSTITUTE, ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Czechia
Address
Politickych Veznu 7
882 Prague 1
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK
Denmark
Address
Campusvej, 55
Odense
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE ET DE DOCUMENTATION EN ECONOMIE DE SANTE
France
Address
10 Rue Vauvenargues
Paris
PANTEION UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCES
Greece
Address
136 Sigrou Avenue
Athens
FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS MONETARIOS Y FINANCIEROS
Spain
Address
Casado Del Alisal 5
Madrid
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
117 Lund
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI DI VENEZIA.
Italy
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
Venezia
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
Liege