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CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance

29 January 2014 – 0000
Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is an ambitious project which collects data about Europeans aged 50 and older in order to shed light on one of the most dramatic challenges in the years to come – population ageing.

The main objective of SHARE is to provide a fundamental knowledge base for science and public policy in order to understand and to master the challenges posed by population ageing. Specifically, SHARE aims to create, evaluate and analyse a large-scale pan-European and interdisciplinary household survey of respondents aged 50 and over. The collected data include information on physical and mental health, social support networks as well as income and wealth.

Project participants are currently eleven countries ranging from Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark), Western and Central Europe (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria) to the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, Greece). SHARE is based on best practice technologies in the participating countries. The survey follows a common set-up across all countries with the goal of collecting data that are strictly comparable to allow cross-country research. Hence, one of the most difficult tasks consists in taking into account differences in language, culture and institutions. Another difficult task is the development of country-specific feasible sample designs, making use of suitable sampling frames that are already available. Within the project, CSEF reseachers Christelis, Jappelli and Padula are responsible for analyzing SHARE financial and real wealth data.