Differences in Active Ageing Index in Eastern European Countries: A Comparison of Poland and the Czech Republic

  • Kasia Karpinska


The Active Ageing Index as a tool can be applied to contrast active aging outcomes across countries to both evaluate the current situation and identify the most desired directions for the policy changes. This chapter examines what welfare state policies affected active aging outcomes in Poland and the Czech Republic, the two countries sharing historical legacy, social background and process of transition to the EU structures and yet varying significantly in their active aging outcomes. While the Czech Republic ranks 13th in the overall Active Ageing Index for 2012, Poland occupies the bottom positions, in both overall and domain-specific indices. In this chapter, policies related to the most remarkable differences were pieced together to explain the difference in the active aging potential in both countries.


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  • Kasia Karpinska
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  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamNetherlands

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