Population Ageing - challenges and opportunities
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Director's Message

In June, I  joined business people, professionals working in social services, academics and positive ageing activists for The New-Old, an event hosted by AMP. Speakers  were invited to ‘bust’ four key myths associated with ageing.
These included provision and cost of healthcare and pensions, and issues relating to mature age participation in the workforce.

The conversation about whether, and how, Australians are planning for a projected longer and more active later life is expanding, engaging more organisations and individuals.  It is terrific to see the private sector with such an active voice in the national conversation about how to put in place policies, practices, products and services for the wellbeing of Australians as we age. More
CEPAR Research: projects, people, presentations and publications
CEPAR People
In coming months, CEPAR will host  visiting scholars who will collaborate with our  researchers to further develop insight into issues related to ageing populations, crucial for planning, developing and delivering policies, resources and services. 
We welcome again Partner Investigator Professor Olivia Mitchell, Executive Director Pension Research Council, Wharton School, here to participate in the Superannuation Colloquium plenary on FSI recommendations for retirement products, and in a session on financial literacy. more
Senior Research Fellow Rafal Chomik describes the frugality of current age pensioners living well within their means as they maintain savings and superannuation to enable bequests to family and friends.  In an article for The Conversation co-authored with Professor Susan Thorp, University of Sydney, he looks at asset retention by a generation which tends to avoid using savings and income from investments to ease retirement, instead 'making do' with  the pension to meet day to day expenses.

Change to pension funding in China includes the imminent introduction of a defined contribution (DC)  pension pillar for Chinese public servants, together with their basic pension pillar (PAYG). In an editorial contribution to one of China’s leading newspapers, The Shanghai Morning Post, Research Fellow Dr Lu Bei recommends that China establishes a National Pension Fund Company. 

Research Fellow Dr Xiaodong Fan spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC Radio National's Life Matters about  female workforce participation and its positive affect on female offspring, subject of the Working Paper Mothers’ Employment and Children’s Educational Gender Gap by Fan et al. 

Working Papers
Chinese people's estimates of their own and others' life expectancy is surveyed in a CEPAR Working Paper by  Dr Lu Bei and Director John Piggott in collaboration with researchers from Zhejiang University. Realistic  subjective life expectancy (SLE) has major implications for the pension policy and insurance sector in a country with  the world’s most rapidly ageing population.

Other new Working Papers available in June include: 
The Income Elasticity of House Prices In New South Wales
a Panel Study  by Xiangling Liu
Retiring Cold Turkey by Xiaodong Fan 
Estimation of a Life-Cycle Model with Human Capital, Labor Supply and Retirement  by Xiaodong Fan, Ananth Sashadri and Christopher Taber
Journal publications 
Iran is attempting to address one of the most dramatic falls in fertility ever recorded. Chief Investigator Peter McDonald, Research Fellow Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi with Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi and Arash Rashidian look at current trends in An Assessment of Recent Iranian Fertility Trends Using Parity Progression Ratios, published in Demographic Research, Vol 3 

Peter McDonald considers the evolution of Australian migration policy from the 1950s, focusing on  post-1995 and the Government concentration on skilled immigrants. International Migration and Employment in Australia is in Population Review, Vol 52, No 2
A Multivariate Tweedie Lifetime Model: Censoring and Truncation by Alai, Landsman and Chief Investigator Michael Sherris is published in Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Vol 64

Chief Investigator Mike Keane published Effects of Permanent and Transitory Tax Changes in a Life-cycle Labor Supply Model with Human Capital in International Economic Review, Vol. 56, No. 2
Chief Investigator Hal Kendig is a co-author of Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of an Aged Care Specific Leadership and Management Program to Improve Work Environment, Staff Turnover, and Care Quality published by the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association Vol 16, Issue 7
Walk the Talk?
Australians identify – but don’t necessarily intend to follow – behaviours they know can lead to improved brain health throughout their lives. A new CEPAR study reports participants' high awareness of the benefits of behaviours  to preserve and improve cognitive functioning as they age, but low intention to take them up. more 
Indigenous dementia
NAIDOC Week (5 - 12 July) provides an annual opportunity to reflect on the heritage and culture of Australia's indigenous population. Professor Robert Cumming is a Chief Investigator with both CEPAR and the Koori Growing Old Well Study (KGOWS) at Neuroscience Research Australia. He has been involved in a study of dementia in Aboriginal communities facing high rates of cognitive impairment, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, at younger ages than the general population. 

2015 Diary

The Summer School On Longitudinal and Life Course Research
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, University of Bamberg
31 August - 4 September more

CESifo Conference
Pension Taxation, Population Ageing, and Globalisation
3 - 4 September  more

APRU Symposium
UNSW Australia and CEPAR will host the APRU Research Symposium
Abstract Submission 10 July 

Sydney 27 - 30 September more

48th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference 
Place Spirit Heart
Exploring experiences of ageing 

Alice Springs 4- 6 November more

ERA 2015 Conference
Melbourne 7 - 8 December
The theme is 'Bringing Research to life' more





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