Preliminary stocktake of VET survey activity in Australia – NCVER

This report provides a stocktake of vocational education and training (VET)-related surveys. It finds that there is a limited amount of information in the public domain about VET surveys beyond the national surveys and the work of NCVER. Yet there is a clear role for VET-specific survey coordination, as distinct from rationalisation. It suggests that . . . → Read More: Preliminary stocktake of VET survey activity in Australia – NCVER

Poor, or just feeling poor? On using subjective data in measuring poverty – World Bank

ABSTRACT

The challenges faced in calibrating poverty and welfare measures to objective data have long been recognized. Until recently, most economists have resisted a seemingly obvious solution, namely to ask people themselves: “Do you feel poor?” The paper studies the case for and against this approach. It is argued that, while one would not want . . . → Read More: Poor, or just feeling poor? On using subjective data in measuring poverty – World Bank

Were they prepared for retirement? Financial status at advanced ages in the HRS and AHEAD cohorts – NBER

ABSTRACT

Many analysts have considered whether households approaching retirement age have accumulated enough assets to be well prepared for retirement. In this paper, we shift from studying household finances at the start of the retirement period, an ex ante measure of retirement preparation, to studying the asset holdings of households in their last years of . . . → Read More: Were they prepared for retirement? Financial status at advanced ages in the HRS and AHEAD cohorts – NBER

Grappling with the time bomb of Australia’s work, rest and play – The Conversation

In a country where our households are giving more time to paid work, the issue of how we spend our time – and the amount we give to work and with what effect – is of growing significance.

This is what we found when, after five years of asking Australians about their working lives, my . . . → Read More: Grappling with the time bomb of Australia’s work, rest and play – The Conversation

Numeracy, financial literacy, and financial decision-making (US)

Financial decisions, be they related to asset building or debt management, require the capacity to do calculations, including some complex ones. But how numerate are individuals, in particular when it comes to calculations related to financial decisions? Studies and surveys implemented in both the United States and in other countries that are described in this . . . → Read More: Numeracy, financial literacy, and financial decision-making (US)

International comparisons in health economics: Evidence from Aging Studies – IZA (EU)

ABSTRACT

We provide an overview of the growing literature that uses micro-level data from multiple countries to investigate health outcomes, and their link to socioeconomic factors, at older ages. Since the data are at a comparatively young stage, much of the analysis is at an early stage and limited to a handful of countries, with . . . → Read More: International comparisons in health economics: Evidence from Aging Studies – IZA (EU)

Perspectives on ageing with dementia – JRF (UK)

This Perspectives paper explores the views and experiences of people living with dementia.

Dot Weaks spoke to key group members about the formation, development, challenges and benefits of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) over the past ten years.

Contributors talk about:

The challenges and opportunities for those living with dementia, and the ways in . . . → Read More: Perspectives on ageing with dementia – JRF (UK)

UN World Youth Report 2011 indicates youth interest in green jobs

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the 2011 World Youth Report. The Report centers on the contributions from people aged 15-30, through an online consultation process regarding youth employment. Discussions revealed concern that educational systems are not preparing youth to compete for jobs, as well as young people’s interest in . . . → Read More: UN World Youth Report 2011 indicates youth interest in green jobs

Why we must celebrate – not ignore – ageing – JRF (UK)

EXTRACT

This decade is one of transition – transition as we adapt to our economic circumstances, transition as we try to reduce the impact of climate change, and transition as we conserve resources of all kinds. But it is also a time of transition in terms of demography.

We are an ageing society. This is . . . → Read More: Why we must celebrate – not ignore – ageing – JRF (UK)

New website: “A better life: Old age, new thoughts” – Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK)

Why think about getting older? Old age isn’t about ‘them’, it’s about all of us.

We’re all heading in that direction – the number of people over 85 in the UK will double in the next 20 years. More of us than ever are reaching old age and those who do face new challenges. But . . . → Read More: New website: “A better life: Old age, new thoughts” – Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK)

Social inclusion index (UK)

Researchers developed and tested a comprehensive social inclusion index that was suitable for use in both general population and mental health services research, and in routine outcomes measurement.

SOURCE: Peter Huxley, Sherrill Evans, Sally Madge, Martin Webber, Tania Burchardt, David McDaid, and Martin Knapp, ‘Development of a social inclusion index to capture subjective and objective . . . → Read More: Social inclusion index (UK)

Innovation, employment and skills in advanced and developing countries – IZA

ABSTRACT

This paper critically discusses the theoretical and empirical literature on the quantitative and qualitative employment impact of technological change, compares the relative explanatory power of the competing theories, and explains in detail the macro and micro evidence on the issue, with reference both to the advanced economies and the developing countries (DCs).

SOURCE: Marco . . . → Read More: Innovation, employment and skills in advanced and developing countries – IZA

Challenging society to think differently about ageing – JRF (UK)

Today (13 February) JRF is publishing a new poem by the former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, as it challenges society to think differently about growing old. The poem, inspired by the thoughts, experiences and stories of older people from a range of marginalised groups, some with high support needs, was commissioned by JRF as . . . → Read More: Challenging society to think differently about ageing – JRF (UK)

Great expectations and hard times: The (nontrivial) impact of education on domestic terrorism – CIE (EU)

ABSTRACT

This contribution investigates the role of education in domestic terrorism for 133 countries between 1984 and 2007. The findings point at a nontrivial effect of education on terrorism. Lower education (primary education) tends to promote terrorism in a cluster of countries where the socioeconomic, political and demographic conditions are unfavorable, while higher education (university . . . → Read More: Great expectations and hard times: The (nontrivial) impact of education on domestic terrorism – CIE (EU)

Local authorities must invest in prevention and collaborative working in order to create tangible improvements in service provision (UK)

Extract

Stephen Hughes argues that public service providers must focus on achieving tangible outcomes for individuals in the poorest areas, and that this will require a rethink of the entire system centred around a multiple-agency model that can overcome professional prejudice and compartmentalisation.

Last month I was invited to give evidence to the CLG Select . . . → Read More: Local authorities must invest in prevention and collaborative working in order to create tangible improvements in service provision (UK)

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