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39 event(s) found in International seminar

Reaching hard-to-reach migrant populations using different methodologies: the Italian experience

International seminar
2018-11-07

The presentation will focus on lessons learned from more than 15 years of field surveys on migrants and similarly hard to reach populations carried out using alternative field methods.

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Anette Eva Fasang: Life course concepts in empirical research: An application to end of life health trajectories

International seminar
2018-09-04

This talk reviews guiding principles of the life course paradigm and discusses how existing methodology implements them in empirical research.

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Nathan Lillie: Posted workers’ rights and transnational cooperation among labour inspection agencies in Europe

International seminar
2018-01-17

Monitoring and enforcement of posted workers' right is problematic in many respects. One major contributing factor to this is the fact that posted workers' employment contracts fall under multiple overlapping jurisdictions.

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Cross-border mobility of health professionals

International seminar
2017-06-20 - 2016-06-20

According to the OECD, cross-border mobility of health professionals has constantly increased in Europe but the magnitude and directions of flows have changed following major geo-political and economic events. The presentation discusses current trends in cross-border mobility and its effects for parients, care professioanls and the care systems of sending and receiving countries.

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Care workers with migrant backgrounds in professional long-term care provision in Germany

International seminar
2017-05-17

The analysis examines the interrelated effects of migration backgrounds and skill levels as an indicator for social class in the female dominated work field. Two impacts can be found: 1) access to qualified care-related training programs for care workers with migrant backgrounds and a strong impact of the skill level on their employment situation and 2) features of a difficult working-situation in daily care provision for care workers with migrant backgrounds in residential care provision in a complex interrelationship to skill levels.

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Life-course perspectives on health inequalities in old age

International seminar
2017-02-11

The dramatic increase in longevity observed during the past century is certainly one of the greatest achievements in human history. However, substantial social inequalities in the likelihood of reaching old age as well as in the risk of health problems and mortality during old age, remain. In my presentation, I will display and discuss current evidence and hypotheses on how disadvantages experienced throughout the life-course are associated with the likelihood of reaching old age as well as with health during old age.

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Who works and who doesn't?

International seminar
2017-02-01

The presentation will focus on a study which analyzes the relative impact of labor market context and social policy arrangements on the gender employment gap in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Ideal care

International seminar
2016-11-24

Starting with an ideal concept of care, based on a productive rather than regressive nostalgic sketch, the moral dimension should compel us to imagine new forms of communal care that move beyond the market logic of individualization and choice.

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The myths and veracities of the European migration challenge

International seminar
2016-09-08

Europe has been going through multiple challenges, including aging populations, skill shortages, economic recession and financial crisis, and the current migration crisis. The ensuing complexities have confused many key actors, including the general public and voters, as to their perspectives on the role of labor mobility for European societies and economies. In this talk I will shed light on some of the key questions asked in the migration debate: Do migrants take our jobs and welfare?

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Workplace innovation as a form of social innovation in the workplace

International seminar
2016-07-12

This session will discuss the findings of the study, and the implications it may have for other work organisations. In the (interactive) discussion it seeks to link with the broader notion of social innovation: what is ‘social’ about WPI and in what way does it address ‘social issues’?

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Care in crisis

International seminar
2016-04-27

The seminar will also draw attention to the longer-term implications of current policies, in undermining any notion that access to publicly-funded long-term care might be linked to concepts of citizenship and based on rights and entitlement; rather, long-term care is likely to become increasingly variable across the UK, dependent on local political priorities and discretionary decision-making.

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Explaining transformations of care in European societies

International seminar
2016-03-22

An interesting research question then becomes the extent and nature of the ‘care deficit’ problem in European societies and how effective the different care regimes are in dealing with these problems through policy innovation. However, in comparative research the definition dependent and independent variables are often underspecified deriving in problems of causality. I will discuss the ‘care deficit’ issue using as dependent variables quantity and quality of care and working conditions of carers and the institutional and socio-economic contexts.

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Horizontal Europeanization and the double dualization of European societies

International seminar
2016-01-27

In contrast to current comparative political economic and European integration research, which emphasizes vertical power shifts from national to EU levels, we suggest a transnational perspective that pictures Europeanization as a society wide process not only restricted to politics. This can explain why some actors, such as the European Commission, have been able to enforce their aims surprisingly easy and fast, while collective actors departing from relatively weak power positions are able to challenge orthodox views on European wage-policies only under certain conditions.

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Improving and measuring dementia care in OECD countries

International seminar
2016-01-27

This seminar will start by outlining what we know about how well health and care systems currently serve people with dementia, and which strategies seem to be the most effective in improving this. Drawing on the 2015 publication Addressing Dementia: the OECD Response, we will identify ten key objectives that all countries should consider and look at some of the policies that can help to achieve these aims.

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Development of a web-based tool for the assessment of health and economic outcomes of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)

International seminar
2015-11-12

This presentation outlined the approach for developing and implementing this web-based tool, its main characteristics and capability to provide specific outcomes that are of value to the developers of an intervention, as well as a series of case studies planned before wider rollout.

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Climate change and natural resources scarcity

International seminar
2015-02-19

This presentation considers the impacts of these changes before setting out measures that social security systems need to consider and adopt, in order to address, mitigate and influence the negative effects. A number of examples of practical and effective measures that social security institutions have taken are highlighted.

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Dualisation of the political and welfare state preferences of non-standard workers

International seminar
2015-01-22

Based on electoral studies and original survey evidence, I analyse temporary workers’ social policy preferences and the conditions under which these preferences are translated into voting behaviour.

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Cognitive bias and the politics of health care

International seminar
2014-11-27

In contrast, when the deservingness heuristic is utilized for reasoning about unemployment benefits, implicit psychological constraints are fewer and political conflict erupts depending on differences in interest and worldviews. Using a variety of methodologies, we track this fundamental difference between health care and unemployment benefits from the level of implicit processing to the development of social policies.

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Innovation in social services

International seminar
2014-10-09

The presentation explores patterns of employment in social services and the public sector in different EU member states in the broader context of labour market and welfare state development. The analysis shows how EU countries pursue their fiscal policies in social services, how they develop modes of governance and the change in the public/private mix in social services, and what new patterns of employment in social services are seen in light of the challenges for welfare states both due to recent fiscal pressures as well as expected demographic changes

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Warfare and the welfare state

International seminar
2014-06-05

The aim of this lecture is to outline an agenda for a comparative analysis of the warfare -welfare state nexus. By distinguishing between three different phases (war preparation, warfare, and post-war period) it provides an overview of possible causal mechanisms linking war and the welfare state and provides preliminary empirical evidence for war waging, occupied and neutral countries in the age of mass warfare stretching from ca. the 1860s to the 1960s.

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Cleavages and conflicts in aging societies

International seminar
2014-05-15

The ‘social question’ dominating the end of the 19th century was the integration of the industrial workers, in other words, the pacification of class conflict. At the beginning of the 21st century, class conflict seems to be defunct and its place taken over by generational conflict. It emerges from historical watersheds and from economic, demographic and cultural changes that create cleavages between generations.

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On actor- and system-security

International seminar
2014-04-10

Social security policies and instruments are seen as parts of a wider social setting providing a (more or less) stable and viable socio-political and socio-economic context for citizens’ lives (‘system-security’). The interesting empirical questions this perspective leads to are twofold. Firstly, how secure do people actually feel when it comes to their socio-economic status? And secondly, to what degree do social security policies and instruments positively affect such feelings?

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Do business interests sustain the welfare state?

International seminar
2014-03-20

This talk discusses the reasons for this exceptionally moderate role of Austrian employers. I suggest that the institutional setup of interest representation in Austria explains this stance better than alternative explanations that focus on competitive advantages. These institutional features are compulsory membership, equal voting rights and encompassing organization.

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Skills and inequality

International seminar
2014-01-16

The first part of the presentation explains the emergence of these development paths by highlighting the role of partisan politics in interaction with different institutional contexts. The second part discusses how educational institutions affect contemporary patterns of social inequality and popular attitudes towards education policy and the welfare state.

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The political economy of reversing pension reform

International seminar
2013-12-05

This paper argues that the recent reversals in pension privatization hold interesting lessons for the research on international policy diffusion.

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Expectations, motivations, and responsibility attribution

International seminar
2013-11-07

Our research experimentally studies the causal effect of the association (congruent/incongruent) between policymakers and policies on the level of responsibility attributed to their adverse consequences. Our analyses rely on two survey experiments, conducted in Israel and Germany. Both experiments support our hypothesis.

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Future education

International seminar
2013-10-03

After picturing the Austrian school today, the presentation shortly describes the ideal school of tomorrow. To illustrate, how it can be realized the TALK program and its evaluation results are briefly presented. TALK is a training program for teachers to enhance LLL. Finally, challenges for politics and society are discussed.

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Welfare regimes, birth cohort imbalances and the scarring of the younger generations

International seminar
2013-06-13

As we focus on post-tax, post-transfer income, which can be influenced by social policy, we show how different countries gave diverging answers to the general economic slowdown of the post 1970 era. While the US and Germany did not obviously burden some birth cohorts more than others, when economic problems started to arise in the 1970s, the burden of adjustment to more difficult conditions fell disproportionately on the shoulders of post-1950 birth cohorts in France, leading to strong inequalities between cohorts.

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Culture or institutions?

International seminar
2013-05-23

We conducted interviews with over 200 families in Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia about how they made their caring decisions for their children under 3. The idea was to try and ascertain what possible effects culture and institutions have on caring choices at the micro level.

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Increasing life expectancy and self-stabilizing pension systems

International seminar
2013-04-30

In this presentation I discuss, how pay-as-you-go pension systems can be designed such that they remain financially stable in the presence of increasing life expectancy. I will particularly focus on the notional defined contribution (NDC) type that has become quite prominent over the recent decades and is used in an increasing number of countries (starting with Sweden). I will contrast the main properties of the NDC system (a “contribution based account system”) with the working of the Austrian APG (a “benefit based account system”).

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Cross-national and intertemporal variations in income inequalities

International seminar
2013-03-21

The seminar described the development of within country income inequalities in 30 countries between 1980 and 2010.

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Sick on the Job?

International seminar
2013-02-15

While concerns about the adverse effects of mental ill-health are rising in most OECD countries and recognised as one of today’s biggest challenges for social and labour market policy, problems are far from being understood or yet addressed comprehensively and sufficiently. Rising unemployment in many OECD countries in the course of the recent jobs crisis has potentially increased the problem.

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Ageing dynamics of a human-capital-specific population

International seminar
2013-01-24

We construct an old age dependency ratio (OADR) where we assign to each person a number of units corresponding to his/her level of human capital.

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Europe's social challenge

International seminar
2012-12-05 - 2012-12-06

On Wednesday 5 December, Professor Frank Vandenbroucke (Universities of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Leuven), who as Belgian Federal Minister has been one of the driving forces behind the EU Lisbon Agenda, presented his vision for a social Europe for today and tomorrow in front of a packed seminar room at the European Centre.

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From ageing as a crisis to a long-life society

International seminar
2012-11-19

In the last 30 years, since the first conference on ageing in Vienna in 1982, the debate on ageing has evolved considerably, and so has the proportion and status of elderly people both in industrialized and developing countries.While ageing is often seen as a problem, recent trends tend to place the debate on longevity on another level, i.e. that of the development of a long-life society.

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The sustainability of the Austrian and Hungarian welfare state

International seminar
2012-11-15

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What kind of welfare state is emerging in China?

International seminar
2012-09-27

In this lecture, social policy is used as a prism for state analysis. The provisions contained in the Chinese welfare state as it stands today and is evolving will be reviewed, up against the main theories of welfare state typologies.

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Generational intelligence

International seminar
2012-09-21

The lecture examined a newly emerging model of intergenerational relationships that takes as its starting point the degree to which it is possible to place oneself in the position of a person of another age, the ‘age-other’. It explored an experiential approach that draws on both sociological thinking on ‘generational consciousness’ and a debate in family gerontology on the relationships between conflict, solidarity and ambivalence.

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