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Society and Solidarity

An international conference hosted by the University of Luxembourg [...]
Is there a rising risk of more unequal ageing?
Key messages: Inequality in old age is a reflection of individuals’ paths over their entire life course. Younger generations in Europe today are likely to face higher inequality in old age due to less stable labour market conditions and widening inequalities in the distribution of earnings and household income. The reduction of inequalities inside societies must be tackled by measures addressing both intra-generational and intergenerational inequalities. [...]
Population Europe has developed four lesson plans for teachers to help educate their students about demography. The teaching material has been tested with various school classes to make sure that the materials were easy to understand and interesting for both students and teachers without the need for extensive preparation. [...]
Insights from a High-Level Policy Expert Meeting
In upcoming decades, population ageing in the Baltic Sea States is inevitable due to long-term population trends such as low birth rates and increasing life expectancy, as well as migration. As a consequence, the labour force will substantially shrink and become significantly older. Population ageing, therefore, will not only exert pressure on the sustainable funding of pension and healthcare systems, but also represents a challenge to economic prosperity, social cohesion and social sustainability between generations as a whole. [...]
In a recent paper, researchers Zachary Van Winkle and Emanuela Struffolino addressed the issue of in-work poverty – an alarming phenomenon which is exceptionally common in the United States. They considered life courses of individuals from age 18-50 who were born between 1957 and 1964 in the United States, and particularly focused on the association between family demographic processes and the probability of belonging to the working poor. [...]
The course is designed to be of particular benefit to Ph.D. students and researchers in all Social Sciences needing to undertake policy evaluation analysis using microdata. The School will present 1) the fundamental principles of impact evaluation with a specific focus on the counterfactual theory of causal inference and 2) a variety of statistical tools for counterfactual analysis (including Matching methods, Instrumental Variables, Regression Discontinuity Designs , Difference-in-Differences, and Synthetic Control Methods). [...]
Population Europe organised the session The Future of Demography. How to promote an “Interdiscipline” at the 2018 European Population Conference in Brussels. [...]
Who is eligible to compete? Students enrolled in PhD or Master’s programs Young researchers who have defended their PhD thesis in the last seven years   What types of paper are eligible to compete? Papers written under the researcher’s own name Papers co-authored by two or more young researchers Papers that comply with the journal’s editorial rules Papers written in English or in French   What are the key dates to remember?   [...]
Demography is a discipline which is somehow fixed in a Procrustean bed: At many universities, it is subsumed into other academic subjects (such as sociology, economics, geography), thus often exposed to risks of budget cuts and staff shortages; while on the other side, the often small group of demographers in a department is stretched to cover a broad range of population developments. How can demography as an “interdiscipline” be better promoted? Should we put stronger emphasis on building our own corpus of population theory, as suggested by leading researchers? [...]

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