European Commission

SHARE First Results Book - Connecting Research and Policy

On June 25, SHARE released its new First Results Book. “Health and socio-economic status over the life course” gives an overview of the first results of the new wave 6 and 7 data and serves as inspiration for what kinds of research SHARE data makes possible. Bringing together actors from research and policy, the event was held at the Palais des Academies in Brussels in front of guests from universities, research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and policy institutions. After an introduction from Beatrice Lucaroni (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission), SHARE researchers presented their work with the new data while policymakers gave insights into how they use SHARE. Monika Queisser (Head of Social Policy at OECD) presented how the OECD analyses the data for their report “Preventing Ageing Unequally”, emphasizing that the “longitudinal and harmonized data of SHARE is essential to the OECD to help its member countries assess and design better ageing-related policies”. Katarina Ivanković-Knežević (Director Social Affairs at DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission) explained how her Directorate-General employs SHARE data for policy analyses as well, such as in the “Pension Adequacy Report”, in which the European Commission regularly assesses the member states’ pensions systems.