Energy market diversification has been a heated topic of political debate. Attempts to address an unbalanced and unsustainable market have largely been approached in terms of widening consumer choice, ushering in new competition and breaking up supply. But such focus is missing the real opportunity, which is to change the market completely by encouraging consumers . . . → Read More: Re-energising our communities: Transforming the energy market through local energy production – ResPublica (UK)
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
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
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)
Schools, Australia 2011 is drawn from the National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) managed by the ABS and contains statistics for students, schools and staff as at the schools census date (5 August, 2011).
This is an annual publication of data on schools, students and in-school staff involved in the provision, or administration, of primary and . . . → Read More: Schools, Australia, 2011 – ABS
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)