Conference on cross-country analysis of retirement, health, and wellbeing and a special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing

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Conference on cross-country analysis of retirement, health, and wellbeing and a special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing

29 Oct - 30 Oct 2018, University of Southern California

We are pleased to announce the Workshop on the economics of aging titled “Cross-Country Analysis of Retirement, Health, and Wellbeing” held at the University of Southern California on Oct 29 - 30, 2018, and a related special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.

Population aging in the United States, Europe, Eastern Asia, and other high-income countries is well documented and has attracted much attention from policy makers, given its dramatic influence on public health and national economies. While population aging first accelerated in the developed world, it is now accelerating globally, especially in the developing world. Given the different stages of population aging across countries, the world can serve as a scientific laboratory for drawing lessons on the policy paths to follow or to avoid. Common data to study key life domains - health, work, family and social lives - at older ages have emerged with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), first developed in the United States but now administered in comparable forms in more than thirty countries on five continents.

The HRS-family surveys provide remarkable opportunities for cross-national studies as they were designed with harmonization as a goal. The Gateway to Global Aging Data ( is a data and information platform developed to facilitate cross-country analyses on aging, especially those using HRS-family surveys. The Gateway saves researchers’ time and effort by enabling cross-country and cross-wave concordance search more efficiently and provides harmonized longitudinal data files for nine sister surveys.

The objective of the workshop is to explore the economics of aging from a cross-country perspective. The workshop will bring together researchers to present recent empirical work using data from the HRS-family of surveys. We welcome the submission of empirical and policy papers and encourage the use of the Harmonized Data files and concordance information from the Gateway to Global Aging Data.

TOPICS: The suggested topics for cross-country comparison analyses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Labor force attachment and paths to retirement
- Changes in job demands and allocation of older workers across occupations
- Work demands/strains and job satisfaction
- Financial preparedness for retirement and the role of public pension generosity
- Precautionary savings and the risk of medical expenses at older ages
- Life-cycle income and consumption profiles
- The consequences of health shocks for economic and emotional wellbeing
- Use of self-reported health and biomarkers in social research
- Racial, ethnic and gender disparities in health and cognition
- Economic status, social networks and the wellbeing of the elderly

PAPERS SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WORKSHOP: Interested authors are invited to submit a 1-page abstract by April 1, 2018 to The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by May 15, 2018. Completed draft papers will be expected by September 30, 2018.

Economy-class travel and accommodation costs for one author of each accepted paper will be covered by the organizers.

Invited authors are expected to submit their paper for consideration for the Journal of the Economics of Ageing. A selection of these papers will be published in a special issue by December 2019.

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