Fairer ACTive AGeing for Europe (Belgium, Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain)

Summary and overall aim

FACTAGE aims to generate and disseminate findingsin responseto the following questions:

  • How do levels in (healthy) life expectancy differ across socio-economic groups in EU countries?
  • How do the pension and labour market policy measures designed to expand working lives (current and future) interact with these trends in mortality and healthy life expectancy?
  • What role is played in that process bythe different institutional arrangementswithin EU member states?
  • How dodifferential longevity gains and longer working careers affect (in)equality in the experience of ageing and well-being among older people?
  • Which policies and institutional settings can best promote fairness within and between generations?
  • And, at the same time further expand working lives?

FACTAGE starts from the premise that there is substantial scope for increasing the length of average working lives and active ageing in its many facets,but realising this potential requires paying careful attention to questions of equality concerning the elderly, not least prospectively. Furthermore, there is the fundamental issue ofhow to adapt the requirementto work longer with intergenerational distribution concerns. One core aim is to devise thenecessary tools and then to carry outa comparative assessment of differential mortality risks, health and labour market inequalities. The projectwill recommend evidence-based policy scenarios for an equitable allocation of labour and retirement across populations and generations.

Project duration and budget

Project duration: 04/2016 –03/2019 (36 months)
Project costs/requested funding: 904.429 €


The consortium consists of 5 partners from 5 EU countries:

  1. Centre for European Policy Studies(CEPS), Belgium: Mikkel Barslund (coordinator of project)
  2. Bundesanstalt Statistik Österreich, Austria: Johannes Klotz
  3. National Institute of Economic and Social Research, United Kingdom: Lucy Stokes
  4. University Koblenz-Landau, Germany: Werner Sesselmeier
  5. University of the Basque Country, Spain: Amaia Bacigalupe


Given the project’s emphasis on inequality, FACTAGE will focus in particular on impacts on people with lower educational attainment, health limitations and disrupted work histories. The central concept guiding FACTAGE, namelywell-being in later life,will reflect multiple dimensions, especially pension income, employment, health, work-life balance and subjective well-being.FACTAGE will compare the employment and retirement options of older people with (healthy) life expectancy for socio-economic subgroups to ascertain how institutional design and reforms affect equity across generations. We further drawa distinction between policies suitable for the current generation of older people, and prospective policy scenarios.Based on multidisciplinary research,FACTAGE will provide evidence on policy approaches across EU countries that are favourable to extending working careers and improving well-being in later life, whilst also generating wider societal, micro-and macroeconomic benefits.FACTAGE has a strong focus on broad stakeholder outreach and encourage interested individuals,organisations and companies to get in touch.

First jpi mybl call for proposals

FACTAGE is one of the projects funded in the first JPI MYBL call for proposals of 2015, entitled “Extended Working Life and its Interaction with Health, Wellbeing and beyond”. A total of five projects received funding.