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Gender differences in active ageing: Findings from a new individual-level index for European countries

David Steinmayr, Doris Weichselbaumer () and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer ()

No 2019-02, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: We use data from wave 6 of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to construct an individual-level index of active ageing for people aged between 50 and 90 years. We develop nine sub-indices for different dimensions, which are then aggregated to the final index. This individual-level index allows to analyze inequalities between age cohorts, dimensions, countries, and other individual-characteristics that are covered by SHARE. We focus on differences between the sexes. Overall, women score lower than men with 54.9 index-points compared to 57.7 for men. We present gender differences in active ageing for some sub-populations as a showcase for this new individual-level index.

Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2019-01, Revised 2019-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-eur, nep-gen and nep-hea
Note: English
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