Current Awareness Aging Report (CAAR) Report #1

September 16, 1999

I. Data:

1. The Government Printing Office has made available via CD-ROM the National Hospital Discharge Survey (1997 and 1979-1997). For more details and or online ordering see:

1997 NHDS:

1979-1997 NHDS:

2. The Census Bureau has released State and County Population Changes for the Nation's Racial and Hispanic Groups. Estimates are available from 1990-1998. Note that tables are available for age by race.

Press Release:

Note that the press release links to the relevant data tables.

3. ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research) released 23 studies on September 15, 1999. Of possible interest are:


II. Reports

4. The Census Bureau has released the Summer 1999 issue of _Eurasia Bulletin_ (HTML and .pdf formats). It contains an article titled "Pension Management and Reform in Asia: An Overview," by Loraine A. West and Kevin Kinsella.

5. The Social Security Administration has released the following publications that may be of interest.

A."Social Security Programs Throughout the World 1999" (.pdf format, 393p.).

>From the Abstract:

The 1999 edition provides, in summary form, the basic provisions of social security legislation and administration in 172 countries, updated through January 1, 1999. The report contains information on old-age, survivors, and disability insurance, sickness and maternity coverage, work injury provisions, unemployment compensation, and family allowances. Each section is further subdivided into: dates of basic laws, coverage, source of funds, contribution rates and ceilings, qualifying conditions, benefit amounts, and administrative organizations. A detailed introduction discussing concepts, practices, and terminology can be found in the pdf file Guide to Social Security Programs Throughout the World. Each country summary is a separate file.

B. The SSA has recently made available Social Security Annual Trust Fund Reports for all years from 1941-1999. The addition of the 1941-1994 Reports allows easy access to this historical information for the first time. Most reports are available in .pdf format.

6. The National Institute of Aging has released an Alzheimer's Disease Research Update:  "Blueberries: New Thrills for Those Over the Hill." It describes results of a study that appeared in the September 15, 1999 issue of the _Journal of Neuroscience_.

III. Working Papers

7. The Social Security Administration Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics has recently released Working Paper #83: "Characteristics of Individuals With Integrated Pensions" (July 1999). Although not available online, the paper is free of charge and can be ordered by following the instructions at the bottom of:

8. The National Bureau of Economic Research has released: "Incentive Effects of Social Security Under an Uncertain Disability Option," by Axel Borsch-Supan (Working Paper No. W7339, September 1999, .pdf format, 24p.).

>From the Abstract:

Incentive effects of pension systems are usually estimated under the assumption that the institutional environment provides a single optimal 'pathway' for retirement. However, many countries provide competing pathways which may include several early retirement options in addition to normal retirement. Moreover, early retirement options often comprise special provisions for disabled and unemployed workers that can be strategically manipulated by the employer and the employee while ultimate eligibility for such provisions is uncertain in advance. This paper shows that ignoring the endogeneity and/or uncertainty in the relevant institutional setting can severely bias the estimates of incentive effects. Ignoring the endogeneity leads to overestimated incentive effects that unduly exaggerate the 'pull' view of early retirement. In turn, when the uncertain option set is specified too generously, incentive effects are underestimated. The paper proposes several estimates to bound the true incentive effects of social security on early retirement, and applies them to the German public pension system.

IV. Books

9. _Living and Dying in the USA: Behavioral, Health, and Social Differentials of Adult Mortality_, by Roger G. Rogers, Robert A. Hummer and Charles B. Nam. (Academic Press, Available September 1999.)

"This book uses the annual, cross-sectional National Health Interview Surveys of adults aged 18+ who responded in 1986-94 and matches their responses to any death certificates filed on them in the Multiple Cause of Death file. It describes and explains how biological and socioeconomic factors in younger adults' lifestyles set the final stage for death in old age by specific medical causes. In these ways, it helps us understand why, even after three decades of Medicare, elderly Americans (the majority of all who die in the USA) live lifestyles in earlier stages that keep them alive longer if they have higher socioeconomic status in old age."

For more information see:

and scroll to "Living and Dying in the USA..."

10. From Baker-Taylor

Blau, Zena Smith. CURRENT PERSPECTIVES ON AGING AND THE LIFE CYCLE. JAI Pr. August 1999 ISBN 0762300337. HRD. $73.25.

Hall, C. Margaret. THE SPECIAL MISSION OF GRANDPARENTS. Bergin & Garvey. August 1999 ISBN 0897896726. LCCN 99012701. HRD. $39.95

V. Conferences

11. The Gerontological Society of America provides a conference calendar with dates (and Internet links when available) to relevant conferences in the near future. There is a link to international conferences as well.

VI. Funding Opportunities:

12. The National Institutes of Health has released "Exploratory Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control." (Program Announcement 99-163, September 1999).

13. The National Institute on Aging has announced: SECONDARY ANALYSIS IN DEMOGRAPHY AND ECONOMICS OF AGING grant opportunity.

14. As part of its supporting documentation for its recently released Summary Analysis in the Demography of Aging Grant Solicitation the National Institute on Aging has released an annotated list of "high priority data sets that could be incorporated into a successful R03 proposal." The list can be found on the Administration on Aging website:

VII. Legislation Information Updates

15. The Administration on Aging has recently updated the Web site it maintains on the current status of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization (106th Congress). The site keeps track of major developments with all aspects of the bill.

VIII. Websites of Interest

16. This section of the report will attempt to highlight one useful website that may be of interest. The first site is one of the better places to bookmark as launching points to Internet resources for aging. It has a general rather than research orientation, but within its categories, interested users can find research oriented information.

National Aging Information Center Internet Information Notes:


Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706