Policies for longer working lives: understanding interactions with health and care responsibilities (Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom)

Summary and overall aim

The project consortium focuses on 2key factors related to the interest among policymakers across Europe in extending working lives;the relationship of longer working with health and caring responsibilities. This project brings together expertise from 4countries to shed new light on how longer working lives might affect the health and well-being of the older population, and how caring responsibilities may affect individuals’ abilityto work for longer. A core focus of the work is understanding differences in these effects across the population and the resulting impact on inequality.This project has 3key strengths:

  • The consortium brings together renowned publicpolicy experts fromdifferent countries, and exploitssignificant differences in the policies in place in eachcountry and over time, to examine the role ofpolicies and institutions in determining how longerworking lives affect health and care giving, and howthe effects differ across groups.
  • The work exploits currently under-utilised,comparable multidisciplinary data across these fourcountries to better understand the multi-facetedcircumstances of the older populations and how theydiffer across countries.
  • We use and improve existing detailed dynamicmicro-simulation models for each country to helpunderstand how the circumstances of the olderpopulation will evolve in each country and whateffect alternative policy regimes could have.

Project duration and budget

Project duration: 03/2016 –02/2019 (36 months)
Project costs/requested funding: 1.252.642 €


The consortium consists of 5 partners from 4 EU countries:

  1. German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin),Germany: Peter Haan(coordinator of project)
  2. Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI),Denmark: Paul Bingley
  3. Danish Rational Economic Agents Model (DREAM),Denmark
  4. Paris School of Economics – IPP, France: DidierBlanchet
  5. Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), United Kingdom: CarlEmmerson


  • Work Package 1
    Providinga state-of-the-art description of the multi-dimensionality of inequalities at older age and theinstitutional differences in the public policies of the 4participating countries.
  • Work Package 2
    Aim is to go beyond the correlations between work(or retirement) and health outcomes, and providenew evidence on the causal impact of retirement onhealth.
  • Work Package 3
    Providingnew analysis of the demand for care, andthe likelihood of this being met through informalcare from family members, in order to refine the waythat ‘caring’ is incorporated into dynamic micro-simulation models in each of the 4 countries.Work Package 4Using the four improved dynamic micro-simulationmodels to simulate how labour supply, health, andcare giving will evolve over the next 10 to 50 years ineach country under current and alternative policies.

First jpi mybl call for proposals

LONGLIVES is one of the projects that is funded in the first JPI MYBL call for proposals of 2015, entitled ‘Extended Working Life and its Interaction with Health, Wellbeing and beyond’. A totalof five projects received funding.