Cartography of research on ageing in SHS


inedCNAV (French agency managing pensions of the private sector) published on 9th December a report entitled “Cartography of research on ageing in SHS “ in France (Cahiers de la Cnav, “Cartographie de la recherchesur le vieillissement en Sciences Humaines et Sociales”,Michel Tuchman, Jim Ogg, Hélène Trouvé, Marianne Séguy).The report has the objective to improve the knowledge and the visibility of this sector of research and to analyseits institutional and financial structuration. The report presents the characteristics of the teams (location, disciplines,number of researchers…) and it proposed a general analysis of the sector and its readiness to address theupcoming demographic and societal challenges.



“Parcours de Famille”


On 30th March, the French national institute for demographic studies (Ined) will publish “Parcours de Famille”, under the direction of Arnaud Régnier-Loillier (Ined). Six years after Portraits de familles, this second segment of the “Etude des relations familiales et intergénérationelles” survey (the name of the French section of the Generations and Gender Survey) presents the life histories of the approximately 10,000 survey respondents. What has become of them in the intervening years? Are they with someone in a couple? Are they separated? Have they had children? What impact has their family trajectory had on their work life, and vice versa? To what degree have the events of life activated mutual assistance between the generations? Do behaviours differ by sex?
Interviewing the same people three and six years after the initial study enables us to better understand their trajectories and to see how demographic behaviours are determined at the individual level.
The book sheds light on major trends, variations in them and the diversity of lifestyles that develop in response to such circumstances as unemployment, birth of a first child, separation, retirement. The subjective dimension—e.g., respondent perception of well-being, satisfaction within the couple, opinions about the family—has also been taken into account.
This detailed, panoramic view of respondents’ life histories effectively apprehends changes in the family and the multiple forms that term refers to in France today.


The Canadian national report of the last fast-track project is published in a scientific journal.



Understanding Employment Participation of Older Workers: The Canadian Perspective

Alain Bélanger, Yves Carrière, Patrick Sabourin

Canada is expecting rapid population aging over the coming decades, a fact that has led many observers to question the sustainability of its pension systems. The effects of population aging, however, could be mitigated by an extension of the working life. This article presents the results of a critical review of Canadian knowledge about the determinants of retirement age and labour-market participation of older workers. The determinants are grouped under ten “domains” covering micro, meso, and macro levels: labour market, legislation, financial factors, social position, domestic domain, human resource management, work-related factors, health, workability, and motivation.