April 2014 www.cepar.edu.au

Centre Director's Message

Empirical research in the social sciences often goes where the data is. To gain new insights into the dynamic processes underpinning an ageing demographic, you need data. To test theories about what might link lifestyle to wellbeing in later life, you need data. Information technology has reached a point where large data sets can be treated to allow ready access to researchers, schools and community groups. And that’s what CEPAR will launch next month: Australian aged population data related to ethnic background and citizenship, location, housing, health and disability, income, education, work history, and so on.

CEPAR researchers have been working on this for a year or more. Now we’re using IT to make it accessible to researchers everywhere, through our webpage.


Director's Spotlight: Who wants to work until they're 70?

More to the point, who can? CEPAR Associate Investigator Elisabetta Magnani, using 2006 census data compiled by CEPAR Chief Investigator Peter McDonald, points to level of education as one factor which determines senior workforce participation.
“Education seems to be a big determinant, or discriminant, of who will be employed,” says Magnani, explaining that the data showed that about 25% of 70-74-year-olds with a university degree were still employed.​​
“But, if you look at people without a university degree this percentage is about 10%. I think that the educational level really captures a mixture of opportunities as well as opportunity cost, in the sense that probably employment at 70 needs to be well paid, otherwise people would find something else to do with their lives.”

Read the full article in BusinessThink

Life course health and wellbeing: What matters?

Vanessa Loh, a CEPAR Research Fellow based in the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit at the University of Sydney, recently returned from a six week visit to the University of Manchester’s Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR).
The visit was funded by CEPAR’s Early Career Researcher (ECR) travel scheme which aims to facilitate the career development of our ECRs and strengthen collaborative links with our partner organisations.The visit provided an excellent opportunity to work with CEPAR Partner Investigator Prof James Nazroo and his team on an ongoing project investigating the socioeconomic determinants of health and wellbeing across the life course.

‘A key objective of my visit was to begin work on a cross-national comparative research programme examining the differences and similarities in patterns of health, work and wellbeing between Australian-born, migrant, and English baby boomers as they age’, said Dr Loh.


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Researcher profile

Meet Adam Shao, CEPAR's newest Research Fellow at the UNSW node. Adam's research interests include: equity release products, idiosyncratic house price risk and long-term care insurance.

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Featured research

A Consistent Framework for Modelling Basis Spreads in Tenor Swaps

CEPAR Research Fellow Yang Chang and his co-author Erik Schlogl explicitly model liquidity risk as the driver of basis spreads, reducing the dimensionality of the market for the frequency basis from observed spread term structures for every frequency pair down to term structures of two factors characterising liquidity risk.

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Events 2014

22nd Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers
7-8 July 2014

Professor Joseph Stiglitz Free Public Lecture
7 July 2014
Watch the live streaming of the sold-out public lecture on Youtube on Monday 7 July from 6:30pm

Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference
24-25 November 2014
Flinders University 

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