Reference: 227822


Theme: research infrastructures

Scientist: Guglielmo Webere

Department: Economics and Management

UNIPD: participant

Total cost: 4,141,233 €

Eu Funding: 2,999,999 €


Project Description

Population ageing is among the most pressing challenges of the 21st century in Europe. Addressing this challenge scientifically demands an infrastructure of micro data of the changing health, economic and social living conditions of individuals as they go through the ageing process. SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is an infrastructure of multidisciplinary, longitudinal, and cross- nationally harmonized micro data that has been created in response to these demands. Currently, SHARE contains two waves of data for about 32,000 respondents aged 50+ in 17 European countries. SHARE became a great success: More than 2300 researchers are working with the data, and SHARE has been elected to be one of the future ESFRI infrastructures. This project is the essential device to enhance the longitudinal stability of the SHARE panel and to improve access and consulting services to users in the years 2009 and 2010. It will:

  • enhance the longitudinal stability of the panel by keeping in touch with the panel members, monitoring moves, re-interviewing “lost” panel members, and ascertaining last year of life events of deceased panel members. The scientific value of SHARE critically depends on continuous panel care.
  • improve the research potential from the SHARE infrastructure by adding imputed values for missing variables, calibrated weights, geo- coded and environmental variables, and meta/ para-statistics derived from IT-driven survey methods.• enhance the SHARE survey instrument in response to user feedback, to changes in the institutional environment, and to new survey technologies recently developed, making the interview more effective and less burdensome for the respondents. Such enhancements need to be implemented in 2009/early 2010 to be in time for the ESFRI-financed fourth wave of data collection. -improve and maintain the much applauded user-friendly access for SHARE data users through services provided by central and national support points. 


Coordinator: Universität Mannheim

Participants: Institut za Ekonomska Raziskovanja, National Centre for Social Research, Syddansk Universitet, Universität Linz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Uppsala Universitet, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Stockholms Universitet, Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Economie de la Santé Association, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant Universiteit van Tilburg, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Narodohospodarsky Ustav Akademie ved Ceske Republiky Verejna Vyzkumna Instituce, Université de Lausanne, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Fundacion Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros, Université de Liege, Università degli Studi di Padova