Workshop on Comparative International Research Based on HRS, ELSA and SHARE

The Center for the Study of Aging was pleased to host the 2006 Workshop on Comparative International Research Based on HRS, ELSA and SHARE on July 10 - 11, 2006 in Santa Monica, California.

The Health and Retirement Study, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe are based on similar survey instruments so as to facilitate comparative cross-country research. The aim of this conference was to present research based on these three data sets.

Conference Schedule

July 10-11, 2006

Santa Monica, California

Monday July 10, 2006

8:30 - 9:00am


9:00 - 9:15am


Chairperson: Michael Hurd, RAND

9:15 - 9:55am

“Healthy minds in healthy bodies: are there long-run benefits of education in the US and Europe?”

Authors: Hendrik Jürges*, MEA, University of Mannheim, and Kerstin Schneider, University of Wuppertal

Discussant: Nicole Maestas, RAND

9:55 - 10:35am

Wealth and health in Europe and the U.S.: A comparative analysis” (PDF)

Note: This is not a RAND document.

Authors: Mauricio Avendano*, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam; Maria Glymour, Harvard School of Public Health; Johan Mackenbach, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam

Discussant: Pinar Karaca-Mandic, RAND

10:35 - 10:55am


10:55 - 11:35 am

“"Informal care and medical care utilization in Europe and the U.S."” (PDF)

Note: This is not a RAND document.

Authors: Alberto Holly*, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Edward C. Norton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Courtney Harold Van Houtven, Duke University Medical Center

Discussant: David Loughran, RAND

11:35 - 12:15pm

“The impact of overweight and obesity on health services utilization among Europeans aged 50-75 years”

Authors: Isabelle Peytremann Bridevaux*, Health Services Research Unit, Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Lausanne and Institute of Health Economics and Management, University of Lausanne; Julien Junod, University of Lausanne; Brigitte Santos-Eggimann, University of Lausanne

Discussant: Darius Lakdawalla, RAND

12:15 - 1:15pm


Chairperson: Nicole Maestas, RAND

1:15 - 1:55pm

Differences in disability between European countries and the US: An explanatory perspective” (PDF)

Note: This is not a RAND document.

Authors: Rolando Avendano-Pabon*, DELTA, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - Ecole Normale Supérieure; and Mauricio Avendano, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam

Discussant: Paco Martorell, RAND

1:55 - 2:35pm

“Subjective social status: an exploration its correlates and its usefulness as an independent predictor of health”

Authors: Panayotes Demakakos*, University College London; James Nazroo, University College London; and Michael Marmot, University College London

Discussant: Megan Beckett, RAND

2:35 - 2:55pm


2:55 - 3:35pm

“Differential Mortality in Europe and the US: Estimates based on subjective probabilities of survival and their reliability”

Authors: Adeline Delavande*, RAND and Susann Rohwedder, RAND

Discussant: Younghwan Song, Union College

3:35 - 4:15pm

“Occupational activities, socio-economic status and cognitive reserve”

Authors: Stéphane Adam, Neuropsychology Unit, University of Liège, Belgium; Christelle Bay CREPP, University of Liège; Eric Bonsang CREPP, University of Liège; and Sergio Perelman*, CREPP, University of Liège

Discussant: Susann Rohwedder, RAND



6:00 - 8:30pm

Dinner at Lobster

Tuesday July 11, 2006

8:30 - 9:00am


Chairperson: Michael Rendall, RAND

9:00 - 9:40am

Work Disability and Health” (PDF)

Note: This is not a RAND document.

Authors: Axel Börsch-Supan*, Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging

Discussant: Dana Goldman, RAND

9:40 - 10:20am

“Effects of Social Institutions on health inequalities in mid- and late-life”

Authors: Megan Beckett*, RAND; and Michael Pollard, RAND

Discussant: Eileen Crimmins, USC

10:20 - 10:40am


Chairperson: Jinkook Lee, Ohio State University

10:40 - 11:20am

Disability and the labour force participation of older workers: the importance of health” (PDF)

Note: This is not a RAND document.

Authors: Barnay Thomas, Institute for research and information in health economics (IRDES); and Thierry Debrand*, IRDES

Discussant: Arie Kapteyn, RAND

11:20 - 12:00pm

“Comparisons of HRS and ELSA response”

Authors: Hayley Cheshire*, The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen); Shaun Scholes, NatCen; and Rebecca Taylor, NatCen

Discussant: Arthur van Soest, RAND

12:00 - 12:40pm

“The Effects of subjective survival probabilities on retirement and saving”

Authors: David Bloom, Harvard School of Public Health; David Canning, Harvard School of Public Health; Michael Moore, Queen's University, Belfast; and Younghwan Song*, Union College

Discussant: Adeline Delavande, RAND

12:40 - 1:40pm


Chairperson: Susann Rohwedder, RAND

1:40 - 2:20pm

“Portfolio composition of the elderly: an international comparison”

Authors: Dimitris Christelis*, University of Salerno; Dimitris Georgarakos, Goethe University Frankfurt; and Michael Haliassos, Goethe University Frankfurt

Discussant: Takashi Yamashita, RAND

2:20 - 3:00pm

Expected Bequests and Current Wealth in SHARE, ELSA and HRS” (PDF)

Note: This is not a RAND document.

Authors: Guglielmo Weber*, Università di Padova and Dimitris Christelis, University of Salerno

Discussant: Jim Smith, RAND

3:00 - 3:40pm

“Being self-employed in old age: international evidence on the role of institutions”

Authors: Raquel Fonseca*, RAND; Pierre-Carl Michaud, RAND; Thepthida Sopraseuth, Université d'Evry

Discussant: Thierry DeBrand, IRDES

3:40 - 4:00pm


Chairperson: Michael Hurd, RAND

4:00 - 4:40pm

“Retirement transitions of the self-employed in the United States and England”

Authors: Julie Zissimopoulos*, RAND; Lynn Karoly, RAND; Nicole Maestas, RAND

Discussant: Agar Brugiavini, University of Venice

4:40 - 5:20pm

“The dynamics of retirement behavior in couples: Structural modeling and reduced form evidence from the UK and the US”

Authors: James Banks, Maria Casanova* and Richard Blundell, University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies

Discussant: Pierre-Carl Michaud, RAND



* Denotes presenter