The Individual and the Welfare State

Life Histories in Europe

  • Axel Börsch-Supan
  • Martina Brandt
  • Karsten Hank
  • Mathis Schröder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Income, Housing, and Wealth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Platon Tinios, Antigone Lyberaki, Thomas Georgiadis
      Pages 19-29
    3. Danilo Cavapozzi, Christelle Garrouste, Omar Paccagnella
      Pages 31-43
    4. Danilo Cavapozzi, Alessio Fiume, Christelle Garrouste, Guglielmo Weber
      Pages 45-57
    5. Dimitris Christelis, Loretti Dobrescu, Alberto Motta
      Pages 59-66
    6. Viola Angelini, Anne Laferrère, Giacomo Pasini
      Pages 67-80
    7. Viola Angelini, Anne Laferrère, Guglielmo Weber
      Pages 81-92
    8. Viola Angelini, Agar Brugiavini, Guglielmo Weber
      Pages 93-101
    9. Caroline Dewilde, Karel Van den Bosch, Aaron Van den Heede
      Pages 103-114
  3. Work and Retirement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Agar Brugiavini, Mario Padula, Giacomo Pasini, Franco Peracchi
      Pages 125-135
    3. Antigone Lyberaki, Platon Tinios, George Papadoudis
      Pages 137-149
    4. Agar Brugiavini, Giacomo Pasini, Elisabetta Trevisan
      Pages 151-159
    5. Johannes Siegrist, Morten Wahrendorf
      Pages 169-177
  4. Health and Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Axel Börsch-Supan, Henning Roth
      Pages 215-224
    3. Philippe Lambert, Sergio Perelman, Pierre Pestieau, Jérôme Schoenmaeckers
      Pages 225-231
    4. Brigitte Santos-Eggimann, Sarah Cornaz, Jacques Spagnoli
      Pages 233-240
    5. Nicolas Sirven, Zeynep Or
      Pages 241-254
    6. Karine Moschetti, Karine Lamiraud, Owen O’Donnell, Alberto Holly
      Pages 255-267
  5. Persecution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269

About this book


Our health, our income and our social networks at older ages are the consequence of what has happened to us over the course of our lives. The situation at age 50+ reflects our own decisions as well as many environmental factors, especially interventions by the welfare state such as education policies, access to health care and many types of social protection from poverty relief to housing subsidies and maternity support. This book explores the richness of 28,000 life histories in thirteen European countries – ranging from Scandinavia to Central and Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean – collected as part of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Combining these data with a comprehensive account of European welfare state interventions provides a unique opportunity to answer the important public policy questions of our time – how the welfare state affects people’s incomes, housing, families, retirement, volunteering and health. The overarching theme of the welfare state creates a book of genuinely interdisciplinary analyses, a valuable resource for economists, gerontologists, historians, political scientists, public health analysts, and sociologists alike.


Courses of Life Employment Gender Health Welfare State

Editors and affiliations

  • Axel Börsch-Supan
    • 1
  • Martina Brandt
    • 2
  • Karsten Hank
    • 3
  • Mathis Schröder
    • 4
  1. 1.for the Economics of Aging (MEA)Mannheim Research InstituteMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Economics of Aging (MEA)Mannheim Research Institute for theMannheimGermany
  3. 3., Research Institute for SociologyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  4. 4.(DIW Berlin)German Institute for Economic ResearchBerlinGermany

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