Social policies and population change

Social policies and population change

This is a joint ANU Centre for European Studies and School of Demography Seminar

The increase in life expectancy of today’s aging society means individuals must prepare for a longer length of retirement. However, an adequate pension becomes more complicated with increased work-related mobility in Europe as more individuals have fractioned contributions to different social security systems. During the first part of this Jean Monnet Europa Policy Lab, Dr López-Falcón will explore the impact of mobility histories on the current living conditions of the population 50+ in Europe. The analysis was conducted using the most recent retrospective microdata from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

The second part of the Policy Lab will explore the challenges of collecting and using contextual information –from macro to institutional data- for the analysis of social policies linked to population developments. The session will include a hands-on session where participants will be able to explore the resources offered in the Social Policy and Law Shared Database (SPLASH). The database has been developed as an openly accessible contextual database supporting microdata analysis and promoting policy-oriented research.


10.00 – 11.00 Presentation: Mobility and living conditions after retirement

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 Workshop: Contextual data for policy-relevant research (please bring your laptop for this session)

Dr Diana López-Falcón is Senior Researcher and Head of the Research Data Center of the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. She coordinates the contextual database project “Social Policy and Law Shared Database (SPLASH)” and the Research Data Center of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). She holds a PhD in Demography and a Master of Research in Applied Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Her research interests include international migration, inequality, aging processes and population economics. She is currently working on the analysis of the trajectories and the living conditions of migrants.

Registration required

Date & time

Thu 22 Aug 2019, 10am–1pm


The Nye Hughes Room, ANU Centre for European Studies, Bldg 67C, 1 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601


Dr Diana Maria López-Falcón


Kasia Williams


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