27. November 2013 – 29. November 2013

Health, Education and Retirement over the Prolonged Life Cycle

International Conference, Vienna

For a large part of humanity, the last decades have brought an unprecedented increase in healthy life expectancy. This raises questions about how the longer life expectancy has been shaped by and will shape individual behaviour over the life cycle. Although a welcome development, the increase in life expectancy poses policy challenges for social security and the cohesion of society given that social groups benefit from a longer life to a varying extent. At this conference researchers from all social sciences present work on the individual and social causes and consequences of a prolonged life cycle at both the micro and macro levels.


Wednesday, 27 November 2013


  • 14:00 Opening
    Welcome: Brigitte Mazohl (President of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    Wolfgang Lutz: “Introduction of Wittgenstein Centre”
    Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz and Michael Kuhn: “Thematic Introduction on Health, Education and Retirement over the Prolonged Life Cycle”
  • 14:30 Session: Effects of retirement
    Chair: Michael Kuhn


    Ingo W. K. Kolodziej and Pilar García-Gómez: “The Causal Effects of Retirement on Mental Health in Eleven European Countries” [more]
    Shinya Kajitani,
    Kei Sakata and Colin McKenzie: “Occupation, Retirement and Cognitive Functioning” [more]
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 Session: Training, productivity and employment
    Chair: Michael Kuhn

    Raymond Montizaan: “Training, HR and Retirement Behavior” [more]
    Michele Belloni and Claudia Villosio: “The effect of Lifelong Learning on European older workers’ productivity” [more]
  • 19:00 Reception

Thursday, 28 November 2013


  • 9:00 Keynote: Andrew Jones
    Chair: Michael Kuhn

    "Education and Equality of Opportunity in Health" [more]
  • 10:00 Coffee Break

  •  10:30 Session: Retirement & Pensions (i)
    Chair: Gustavo De Santis


    Fabian Kindermann: ”Pension Funding and Human Capital” [more]
    Markus Knell: “Increasing Life Expectancy and Pay-As-You-Go Pension Systems” [more]
  • 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:45 Session: Long-term effects
    Chair: Gustavo De Santis


    Govert Bijwaard, Hans van Kippersluis and Justus Veenman: ”Education and Health: The Role of Cognitive Ability” [more]
    Martina Celidoni and Luca Salmasi: “The long-term effect of poverty on obesity, evidence from Europe” [more]

  • 12:45 Lunch Break, Poster Session

  • 14:30 Keynote: Uwe Sunde
    Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

    “Life Expectancy, Education, and Economic Development”

  • 15:30 Session: Health over the life-course
    Chair: Andreas Schäfer


    Hendrik Schmitz and Matthias Westphal: „Short- and medium term effects of informal care provision on health“ [more]
    Heather Booth, Pilar Rioseco and Heather Crawford: „Demographic differences in the association between social networks and self-rated health in later life“ [more]
  • 16:30 Coffee Break

  • 17:00 Session: Retirement & Pensions (ii)
    Chair: Andreas Schäfer


    Gustavo De Santis: “(The Almost Ideal way of) Reconciling social and actuarial equity in pension systems” [more]
    Tibor Hanappi: “Retirement Behaviour in Austria: Incentive Effects on Old-Age Labor Supply” [more]

Friday, 29 November 2013


  • 9:00 Session: Economic models of the life-cycle
    Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz


    Titus J. Galama and Hans van Kippersluis: “Joint Investment in Education and Health: A Unified Theory of Human Capital Formation”
    Andreas Schäfer and Alexia Prskawetz: “Inequality, Pollution, and Life Expectancy” [more]
  • 10:00 Coffee Break
  • 10:30 Session: Disentangling life-cycle developments
    Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz


    Louis Chauvel and Valentina Ponomarenko: “Testing Cohort-Effect Hysteresis with APC Models: Comparing Suicide Rates of Old-Aged in 16 Countries (1980-2010)” [more]
    Hans Oluf Hansen: “Survivorship impacts of latent biological heterogeneity and period elements in human mortality” [more]

  • 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:45 Session: Retirement Transitions
    Chair: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz


    Agnieszka Chlon-Dominczak: “Female transition to retirement” [more]
    Linda Kridahl: “Retirement and Leisure – A Longitudinal Study Using Swedish Data”
  • 12:45 Closing

Poster Presentations, Thursday 28 November 2013,
12:45 – 14:30


  • Claudio Deiana: „Disability and Labour Market Outcomes: An Empirical Analysis Across Europe“
  • Patrice De Micco: “Minimum Pension Reforms and Early Retirement Behavior: Is There a Gender Bias? The Case of Spain”
  • Pau Mire and Madelin Gomez: “Working beyond age 55 in Spain, 1987-2011”
  • Alla Ivanova and Elena Zemlyanova: ”Adult Mortality Differentiation According to Educational Level in Russia“ [more]
  • Martin Kerndler: “The twin hypothesis of education and retirement” [more]
  • Katalin Kovács: “Health and education as determinants of economic activity in six European countries”
  • Cornelia Mureşan: “Impact of transition to motherhood on educational enrollment”
  • Valentina Ponomarenko: “Scarring in Old Age in Europe and the US: Social Inequality and the Transition to Retirement” [more]
  • Monika Riedel and Helmut Hofer: “Determinants of the transition from work into retirement”
  • Pilar Rioseco: “The effect of subjective life expectancy on change in expected retirement age over time” [more]
  • Gabriel Tati: “Differentials in vulnerability and functional capacity among the elderly in the context of prolonged life in Africa”
  • M.Murat Yücesahin and Hatice Turut: „Divergence or convergence? The role of improving education of the elderly in changing geographical patterns of aging in a globalizing world, 1980-2010“ [more]

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The conference is co-ordinated by Alexia Prskawetz and Michael Kuhn. After scientific review, selected conference contributions will be published in the thematic issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2014. The Yearbook is widely circulated in hard copy and freely available on the web. This rather young journal already has a high impact factor.


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