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What Can We Learn from (and about) Global Aging?

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  • Arie Kapteyn

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Although aging is a global phenomenon, there are large differences across countries in both the speed of aging and the current state they are in. Furthermore countries adopt vastly different policies. This creates a natural laboratory that scientists can use to understand how policies affect outcomes. This paper discusses under what circumstances data from different countries can be used for inference about policy effects. Although currently comparable health and retirement data are being collected in some 25 countries, the use of such data requires careful modeling of differences in institutions and in response styles across countries.

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Paper provided by RAND Corporation Publications Department in its series Working Papers with number 741.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ran:wpaper:741

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  1. Cabus, Sofie J. & De Witte, Kristof, 2012. "Naming and shaming in a ‘fair’ way. On disentangling the influence of policy in observed outcomes," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 767-787.

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