Projects for Rights and Security

  • December 2005 - February 2007

    Study on Social Impact of Globalisation in the EU (SIMGLOBE)

    A study undertaken for DG EMPL by CEPS, in collaboration with LSE (Iain Begg), DIW, Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (fRDB) (Tito Boeri), The Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, Nottingham University, TÁRKI Social Research Institute Inc. and János Gács, George Pagoulatos and Panos Tsakloglou.

  • December 2005 - December 2006

    BALKANDIDE - Study on Social Dimension in the Candidate Countries – Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey

    Leading institute: TARKI Social Research Institute (Hungary), Participating institutes: CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies (Belgium) and CASE – Centre for Social and Economic Research (Poland).

  • May 2005 - April 2008

    Adequacy of Old-Age Income Maintenance in the EU (AIM)

    The project’s aim is to develop a new approach and new methods for assessing the performance and adequacy of the pension systems with full respect of the sustainability constraint. The project should provide a strengthened conceptual and scientific basis for assessing the capacity of European pension systems to deliver adequate old age income maintenance in a context of low fertility and steadily increasing life expectancy. The main focus is on the capacity of social security systems to contribute to preventing poverty among the old and elderly and more generally to enable persons to take all appropriate measures to ensure stable or “desired” distribution of income over the full life cycle. In addition it will explore and examine the capacity of pension systems to attain broad social objectives with respect to inter- and intra generational solidarity. Furthermore it will examine the capacity of pension systems to allow workers to change job or to move temporarily out of the labour market and to adapt career patterns without losing vesting of pensions rights. The project will also address the specific challenges with respect to providing appropriate old age income for women.

  • June 2004 - May 2009

    Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security (CHALLENGE)

    This Integrated Project seeks to foster more responsive and responsible attitudes towards new systems and practices being adopted in the post-September 11 environment in the field of security with a view towards minimising their threat to civil liberties, human rights and social cohesion in an enlarging Europe. The aim is to help reshape the security framework emerging in Europe to ensure that it starts with liberty/freedom (civil liberties, human rights and social cohesion) as its point of departure. The project will create an interdisciplinary ‘observatory’ to analyse and evaluate the changing relationship between security, stability and liberty in an enlarging EU.

  • February 2004 - January 2007

    Ageing, Health Status and Determinants of Health Expenditure (AHEAD)

    CEPS is leading a consortium of 18 partners in a project examining the future evolution of health expenditure in the (enlarged) European Union. This project will refine existing estimates of the links between reported states of health and use of medical services. As well as looking at the effects of ageing on health care the research will take account of the link between health expenditure and fertility rates and the demands on health services made by non-native populations. Particular attention is paid to costs of care near death. A study will be made of factors other than demand (such as methods of financial control) which may influence health spending. An important aspect of the research is that the work is carried out so as to be able to provide not only the familiar projections and scenarios but also standard deviations and confidence limits for predictions of key variables such as healthy life expectancy and demand-driven expenditure levels. These will allow policy-makers to judge not only possible outcomes but also the risks surrounding them and to assess their implications.

  • August 2003 - July 2007

    Research Training Network on Health, Ageing and Retirement (REVISER)

    This network aims at training young researchers in the analysis of the links between bio-demographic developments on one side and retirement decisions and social expenditure on the other. With this purpose, trainees are placed in institutes that participate to the AGIR project, which aims to explore existing measures to describe the health status of an ageing population, and to feed these findings into projections of future pension and health expenditure. Trainees are involved in other research and related activities in the field of ageing, health and retirement carried out at the host institute. The project partners are CPB, the Netherlands; DIW, Germany; ETLA, Finland; FEDEA, Spain; LEGOS, France.

  • January 2003 - December 2005

    Demographic Uncertainty and the Sustainability of Social Welfare Systems (DEMWEL)

    The project focuses on the sustainability of welfare systems in EU countries in the face of ageing and demographic uncertainty. The main innovation is to bring new quantifications of demographic uncertainty into economic & social analysis of the effects of population ageing. The main tools are general equilibrium models with overlapping-generations structure. It compares the welfare systems in participating countries and look for systems and rules that perform well under uncertainty. The project also attempts to improve current policy instruments, and design new, to better cope with demographic uncertainty, and evaluate their performance with model simulations. Guidelines for future development for both economic and demographic models will also be formulated. The project partners are ETLA, Finland; CPB, the Netherlands; NIESR, the UK; FEDEA, Spain; CEBR, Denmark; CEPII, France; University of Würzburg, Germany and the FPB, Belgium.

  • SERVICEGAP

    In the past decade the performance of service industries has come to the forefront of research on Europe's comparative economic performance, especially as the benefits from the use of information and communications technology (ICT) have been concentrated in these industries. The SERVICEGAP project will consider the academic and policy concerns that arise from the increasing importance of the market service sector. It will consider developments in productivity and its drivers within market services, linkages between services and manufacturing industries, innovation in delivery and the increasing internationalisation of services. The overall objective of this research is to produce a comprehensive study on the impact of market services on aggregate economic growth in the EU and its comparative performance relative to competitor regions, especially the US.

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