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IZA Workshop: The Well-Being of the Elderly: Income, Consumption, and Health - Cross-Country Perspectives

Organizers: Ana Rute Cardoso (IAE Barcelona (CSIC) and IZA), Daniel S. Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA)
Location:IZA, Bonn
Date:May 22, 2006 - May 23, 2006

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer (IZA)

Financial support by the Volkswagen Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

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+++ presentation: 35 minutes +++ discussion: 15 minutes +++ floor discussion: 10 minutes +++

Monday, May 22:

08:40 - 08:45   Welcoming remarks by Daniel S. Hamermesh (University of Texas at Austin and IZA)
08:40       Session 1
  Chair: Daniel S. Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA)
08:45 - 09:45   David N.F. Bell (University of Stirling and IZA*)), Alison Bowes (University of Stirling), Axel Heitmueller (London Business School, UK Cabinet Office and IZA)
  "Did the Introduction of Free Personal Care in Scotland Result in a Reduction of Informal Care?"
  Discussant: Martin Schellhorn (University of Kiel)
09:45 - 10:45   Karsten Hank (MEA, University of Mannheim*))
  "Proximity and Contacts between Older Parents and Their Children: A European Comparison"
  Discussant: Elena G. F. Stancanelli (Paris School of Economics and IZA)
10:45 - 11:15   Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15   Susann Rohwedder (RAND*)), Michael Hurd (RAND Corporation)
  "Life-Cycle Consumption Paths in Old Age"
  Discussant: Jay Stewart (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IZA)
12:15 - 13:15   Ian Walker (Lancaster University and IZA*)), Yu Zhu (Kent), Alastair Munro (Royal Holloway, London)
  "Ostensible Hypothecation: The Effect of Cash Transfers to the Elderly for Domestic Fuel Expenses"
  Discussant: Pierre-Carl Michaud (HEC Montreal and IZA)
13:15 - 14:15   Lunch
13:15       Session 2
  Chair: Olivier Bargain (University of Aix-Marseille II and IZA)
14:15 - 15:15   Sandra Cavaco (University of Paris 2*)), Jean-Michel Etienne (University Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2), Ali Skalli (University Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2)
  "Estimating a Structural Model of Causal Paths between Health and Socio-economic Status: Evidence from European Older Workforce Surveys"
  Discussant: Michael D. Hurd (RAND)
15:15 - 16:15   Josef Zweimüller (University of Zurich and IZA*)), Rafael Lalive (University of Zurich and IZA), Andreas Kuhn (University of Zurich)
  "The Short-Run Health Costs of Unemployment"
  Discussant: Pierre-Carl Michaud (HEC Montreal and IZA)
16:15 - 16:45   Coffee Break
16:45 - 17:45   Maarten Lindeboom (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and IZA*)), Gerard J. van den Berg (Free University of Amsterdam and IZA), France Portrait (Free University of Amsterdam)
  "Effect of Conjugal Bereavement on Health Status and Mortality at Older Ages"
  Discussant: Daniel S. Hamermesh (Barnard College and IZA)
19:30       Conference Dinner

Tuesday, May 23:

08:55       Session 3
  Chair: Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn and IZA)
09:00 - 10:00   Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University and IZA*)), Susann Rohwedder (RAND)
  "The Impact of Misperceptions about Social Security on Saving and Well-Being"
  Discussant: Jay Stewart (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IZA)
10:00 - 10:15   Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:15   Konstantinos Tatsiramos (University of Luxembourg, LISER and IZA*))
  "Residential Mobility and Housing Adjustment of Elderly in Europe"
  Discussant: Ana Rute Cardoso (IAE Barcelona (CSIC) and IZA)
11:15 - 12:15   Nabanita Datta Gupta (Aarhus University and IZA*)), Mona Larsen (SFI - Danish National Institute of Social Research)
  "Do Health Shocks Increase Retirement More when Workers are Universally Insured?"
  Discussant: Arie Kapteyn (University of Southern California and IZA)
12:15 - 13:15   Lunch
12:15       Session 4
  Chair: Ana Rute Cardoso (IAE Barcelona (CSIC) and IZA)
13:15 - 14:15   Nuria Mas (IESE Business School*)), David M. Cutler (Harvard University)
  "Comparing Non-fatal Health across Countries: Is the US Medical System Better?"
  Discussant: Mette Gørtz (University of Copenhagen and IZA)
14:15 - 15:15   Arie Kapteyn (University of Southern California and IZA*)), Tatiana Andreyeva (RAND), ErikMeijer (RAND)
  "Physical Measures and Comparability of Health Conditions among the Elderly across Europe"
  Discussant: Bob Gregory (Australian National University and IZA)

*) current affiliation