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Ageing and Lifelong Health

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 4 Book Launch!

Published: 8 July 2013

"Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in Europe- First Results from SHARE after the Economic Crisis” is now available!


The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a interdisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 85,000 individuals (approximately 150,000 interviews) from 19 European countries (+Israel) aged 50 or over.

The data are available to the entire research community free of charge.


On June 27th 2013 the publication of the SHARE Wave 4 Book was celebrated in Brussels.

The book itself is available as an open access version right here.

33 chapters provide a detailed overview of the effects the economic crisis had on the lives of older people in 16 European countries.

Opening the event, Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. gave an introduction to SHARE and emphasized that population ageing is one of the key challenges of the 21st century for the European Union as a whole. In order to tackle these challenges, monitoring and benchmarking is required, which SHARE provides through its cross-national, interdisciplinary and longitudinal design. Wave 4, as emphasized by Dr. Martina Brandt, assistant coordinator of SHARE, contributes to innovative research on several levels: important in this context are the new social networks module, additional biomarkers (dried blood spots, height, waist circumference, blood pressure) as well as the possibility of linking SHARE data to administrative pension data.


 For further details, please visit the project website at:


Following documents are available for download:

- The book itself is available via open access
- Press release in english german with a summary of the results
- Photos of the event
- Youtube channel with video coverage

PowerPoint presentations:

- Presentation "Welcome" by Axel-Börsch-Supan
- "Introduction to SHARE Wave 4" by Martina Brandt
- "Poverty and transitions in key areas of quality of life" by Michał Myck
- "Low employment among the 50+ population in Hungary" by Gábor Kézdi
- "The recent economic crisis and old-age health in Europe" by Tabea Bucher-Koenen
- "Long-term care and reciprocity" by Giacomo Pasini
- "First Results from SHARE after the economic crisis" by Axel-Börsch-Supan
- "European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing" by Marianne van den Berg


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