AGIR - Ageing, health and retirement in Europe
- Bio-Demographic Aspects of Population Ageing, Namkee Ahn, Ricard Genova, Jose A. Herce and Joaquin Pereira, ENEPRI Research Report No. 1, June 2004
- Use of Health and Nursing Care by the Elderly, Erika Schultz, ENEPRI Research Report No. 2, July 2004
- Time Use, Health and Retirement, Hannu Piekkola and Liisa Leijola, ENEPRI Research Report No. 3, September 2004
- Alternative Scenarios for Health, Life Expectancy and Social Expenditure, Erika Schulz, ENEPRI Research Report No. 4, February 2005
- Pension Arrangements and Retirement Choices in Europe: A Comparison of the British, Danish and German Systems, James Sefton, Justin van de Ven and Martin Weale, ENEPRI Research Report No. 5, February 2005
- Alternative Scenarios for Health, Life Expectancy and Social Expenditure: The Influence of Living Longer in Better Health on Health Care and Pension Expenditures and Government Finances in the EU, Frank Pellikaan and Ed Westerhout, ENEPRI Research Report No.8, June 2005
- Scenarios for Global Ageing: An Investigation with the INGENUE 2 World Model, Michel Aglietta, Vladimir Borgy, Jean Chateau, Michel Juillard, Jacques Le Cacheux, Gilles Le Garrec and Vincent Touze (INGENUE Team), ENEPRI Research Report No.9, July 2005
- Can We Afford to Live Longer in Better Health?, Frank Pellikaan and Ed Westerhout, ENEPRI Research Report No.10, July 2005
- Ageing, Health and Retirement in Europe, The AGIR Project: Final report on Scientific Achievements, Jorgen Mortensen, ENEPRI Research Report No.11, July 2005
Bio-demographic aspects of ageing
- Life expectancy and morbidity in Germany - Data, Erika Schulz and Barbara Muller-Unger, February 2003
- Bio-Demographic Aspects of Ageing: Data for Finland, ETLA, April 2003
- Bio-demographic aspects of ageing: Data and findings for Spain, Namkee Ahn, Ricard Genova, Jose Antonio Herce and Joaquin Pereira, May 2003
- Mortality, Family Circumstances and Health in the United Kingdom, Martin Weale, May 2003
- Bio-demographic aspects of ageing: Data for Belgium, J. Mestdagh and M. Lambrecht, July 2003
- Bio-demographic aspects of ageing: Data and results for France, Florence Arestoff, Thomas Barnay, Sandrine Dufour-Kippelen, Marie-Eve Joel, Colin Smith and Jerome Wittwer, October 2003
Use of health and nursing care
- Use of health care and nursing by the elderly in Finland, Hannu Piekkola, April 2003
- Use of health and nursing care by the elderly: Data for Belgium, J. Mestdagh and M. Lambrecht, July 2003
- Use of health care and nursing by the elderly: Data for The Netherlands, Ton Brouwer and Ed Westerhout, September2003
- Use of health and nursing care by the elderly: Spanish Country Report, FEDEA, September 2003
- Use of health and nursing care by the elderly: Data and results for Germany, Erika Schulz, October 2003
- Use of health and nursing care by the elderly: Data and results for France, Thomas Barnay, Sandrine Dufour-Kippelen, Marie-Eve Joel, Colin Smith and Jerome Wittwer, October 2003
A CD ROM with all the reports resulting from the AGIR project could be freely ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org
The main results from this project were presented at a conference that took place in Brussels on 10th March 2005.
The programme of the AGIR Final Conference, including links to the presentations, is available here.
A question increasingly raised in recent years is whether the trend towards longer life expectancy has been accompanied by comparable increases in the expectancy of a life in good health (or free from disability). The answer to this question is important for projecting health care expenditure and for forecasting retirement patterns over the coming decades. The AGIR project aimed at exploring all available information in Europe to illustrate whether people are not only living longer but also in a better health. Data providing evidence on the impact of the health status of the population on the use of health care and on retirement decisions was also collected. This information was used to make projections of future developments of pension and health expenditure in several EU countries. Finally, the project analysed different policy options available to influence the pension and health expenditure in the future.
The AGIR project, which started in January 2002 and finished in March 2005, was developed in two phases. The first phase was devoted to the search and compilation of data, on which the second analytical phase was based. In particular, data were collected on:
- Demographic and health evolution of the population in various EU countries in the last 50 years
- Use of health care services, particularly of long-term care and informal care, and its relation to age and health, as well as the link between informal care giving and the labour force participation of women
- Determinants of retirement, considering the individuals' valuation of domestic work
In a second phase, projections of future health and pension expenditure were prepared under different health and demographic scenarios. Building upon these results, the last part of the project analysed the public policy implications, in particular the scope to influence the development of health and retirement expenditure over the coming decades.
The following institutes participated in this project:
- CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
- CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales, Paris
- CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, The Hague
- DIW - Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin
- ETLA - The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki
- FEDEA - Fundacion de Estudios de Economia Aplicada, Madrid
- FPB - Belgian Federal Planning Bureau, Brussels
- NIESR - National Institute for Economic and Social Research, London
- LEGOS - Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion des Organisations de Sante, Universite de Paris-Dauphine, Paris
AGIR received finance from the European Commission, under the Quality of Life Programme of the 5th EU Research Framework Programme.
Links to Research Centres and Databases on Ageing, Health and Retirement.
For AGIR Partners only.