• 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 2006

    European Network of Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Institutes (ENARPRI)

    ENARPRI brings together leading national institutes and research teams from 13 countries of EU-25. The network aims to create an institutional structure which will lead to improved exchange of information and policy research insights. It will also contribute to the development of tools and methods and the organization of EU wide research programmes which are closer aligned with the interests and demands of the users of the policy research. In addition, there is scope for significant positive spill-over effects and economies of scales within the network by avoiding overlap in the development of models for quantitative evaluations and in developing policy scenarios, and by linking comparative advantages of various institutes through network collaboration. The activities of the Network are coordinated and managed by CEPS.
    The central themes of this network are the impact of regional, bilateral, and multilateral trade agreements which the European Union has concluded or is negotiating, including WTO, enlargement, Everything But Arms (EBA), EuroMed, Mercosur; as well as, the multifunctional model of European agriculture and sustainable development of rural areas.

  • 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.

  • Framework Service Contract for the Provision of External Expertise in Monetary and Economic Policies


    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.