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)

“Who cares for the children?”: Lessons from a global perspective of child care policy – Journal of Child and Family Studies

ABSTRACT

Description: A discussion of the national ideological frameworks that provide the impetus for child care policy formation and implementation and those policies’ connection to the historical and political context within several countries, including France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, the Nordic countries, and the United States

SOURCE: Lokteff, Maegan ; Piercy, Kathleen W., “”Who . . . → Read More: “Who cares for the children?”: Lessons from a global perspective of child care policy – Journal of Child and Family Studies

Improving the school-to-work transition for vocational students – What can we learn from research? (Sweden)

ABSTRACT

Many countries have had to tackle escalating youth unemployment in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, but compared with other countries in the European Union, youth unemployment has increased particularly sharply in Sweden. Currently, Swedish 20-24 year olds are more than three times as likely to be unemployed than are adult workers, . . . → Read More: Improving the school-to-work transition for vocational students – What can we learn from research? (Sweden)

5800 more people, still no facilities – The Age

Traffic gridlock, crowded schools and poor infrastructure are causing a backlash against government plans to speed up land releases in Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs.

The Baillieu government’s efforts to make housing more affordable by accelerating plans for new estates were happening without accompanying, basic infrastructure, residents say.

Plans for a new suburb of 5800 people . . . → Read More: 5800 more people, still no facilities – The Age

Locational disadvantage: a review of the international evidence – AHURI

This report, produced by AHURI’s Research Synthesis Service and commissioned by Housing NSW, provides findings from a research synthesis of international evidence on how governments can intervene to improve the lives of disadvantaged residents in areas of concentrated poverty and disadvantage.

Description

The report covers the scope and quality of the evidence, the definition of . . . → Read More: Locational disadvantage: a review of the international evidence – AHURI

Unpacking the misery multiplier: how employability modifies the impacts of unemployment and job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health

ABSTRACT

Employability strongly moderates the effects of unemployment and of job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health. Using nationally representative panel data from Australia, I find that an increase in employability from zero to 100 per cent cancels around three quarters, in some cases more, of the detrimental effect of unemployment. Employability also matters . . . → Read More: Unpacking the misery multiplier: how employability modifies the impacts of unemployment and job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health

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