A new perspective on patterns of aging in Europe by education and gender

Sanderson WC & Scherbov S (2016). A new perspective on patterns of aging in Europe by education and gender. Journal of Population Ageing 9 (3): 207-225. DOI:10.1007/s12062-015-9125-z.

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Project: Reassessing Ageing from a Population Perspective (RE-AGEING, FP7 323947)

Abstract

In this paper, we use the concept of prospective age to illuminate patterns of aging by gender, and education in Europe. We find that, within countries, the patterns of aging of men and women with high education are comparatively similar to one another, but that the patterns of aging are quite dissimilar for men and women in the low education group. Across countries the patterns of aging become more similar as education levels increase. Thus, when we look across educational strata, we find increasing convergence in the pattern of aging both across countries and by gender within countries. The distinctive patterns of aging in the Eastern European countries are largely associated with the comparatively rapid aging of men in the low education category. If aging patterns by education persist, improvements in the education composition of Eastern European countries would result in the patterns of aging there becoming more similar to those in Western European countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prospective age; aging; characteristic impact trajectories; old age thresholds; patterns of aging; education
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 13:56
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 13:14
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13732

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