Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #201--August 28, 2003


CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:


I. Data:

1. NLS : The US Bureau of Labor Statistics National Longitudinal Study has released the following data update:

DNLS-08/03: National Longitudinal Surveys, All Cohorts, August 2003 (available CD-ROM only at this time, $20).

2. IRS: Estate Tax Returns Filed in 2001: Gross Estate by Type of Property, Deductions, Taxable Estate, Estate Tax and Tax Credits, by Size of Gross Estate (US Internal Revenue Service, August 2003, Microsoft Excel format).

3. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has recently added the following study, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1996 Panel, Longitudinal Files (Study #3668).


4. MEPS DATA UPDATE NOTE: "Update Note for 2000 National Totals for Enrollees and Cost of Health Insurance Coverage for the Private and Public Sectors" (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Aug. 27, 2003).


II. Reports and articles:

5. CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Grandparents Day 2003: Sept. 7" (US Census Bureau Facts for Features CB03-FF.13, Aug. 25, 2003). This "Facts for Features" links to selected information about grandparents. Links to quotes and radio sound bytes (RealPlayer format) are also available.

6. NCHS: "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: NHIS (National Health Interview Survey), 1999," by J.R. Pleis and R. Coles (National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Vol. 10, No. 212, August 2003, .pdf format, 137p.).

7. PRB ARTICLE: "Older Americans a Growth Industry for Rural Areas?" by Allison Tarmann (Population Reference Bureau, August 2003).

8. NBER BULLETIN: NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) Bulletin on Aging and Health, Spring 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

9. ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH INSURERS REPORT: "Stakeholder pensions -- time for change," (ABI, August 2003, MSWord format, 18p.). The report is linked to from an ABI news release: "'Greater emphasis on the workplace required to boost pensions saving' says ABI" (Aug. 24, 2003).

Click on "Stakeholder pensions - time for a change" at the bottom of the news release for full text.

For more information on ABI:

10. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING SPEECH TRANSCRIPT: "Opening Address, Ageless Workforce Symposium, Exhibition Centre, Sydney," a speech delivered by Minister of Ageing Kevin Andrews on August 27, 2003.

11. BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA GUIDE BOOK: "Age Can Work: A Business Guide for Supporting Older Workers," (Business Council of Australia, August 2003, .pdf format, 15p.). Note: "The Business Council of Australia has released guidelines aimed at encouraging big business to keep more older Australians in the work force."

More information on BCA:

12. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Ultralow-Dose Micronized 17[beta]-Estradiol and Bone Density and Bone Metabolism in Older Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Karen M. Prestwood, Anne M. Kenny, Alison Kleppinger, and Martin Kulldorff (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 290, No. 8, Aug. 27, 2003, p. 1042-1048).


A. "State governors agree to support expansion of Medicare," by Fred Charatan (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7412, Aug. 23, 2003, p. 414).

B. "Doctors' 'end of life' decisions vary across Europe," by Tony Sheldon (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 327, No. 7412, Aug. 23, 2003, p. 414).

14. _LANCET_ NEWS: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Argentinian president vows to tackle poor standards of geriatric care," by Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (_Lancet_ News, Vol. 362, No. 9385, Aug. 23, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 625).



15. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, covering Aug. 5, 2003 - Aug. 26, 2003, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Aug. 12, 2003: Breaking the Rules of Aging
Aug. 19, 2003: Shedding Years: Growing Older, Feeling Younger
Aug. 19, 2003: Who Are These "Millennials"?


III. Working Papers:

16. NBER:

A. "Pension Reform in Germany: The Impact on Retirement Decisions," by Axel Borsch-Supan and Barbara Berkel (National Bureau of Economic Research w9913, August 2003, .pdf format, 27p.).


The financing problems beleaguering the public pension system have again shifted the spotlight onto the retirement age. This paper examines the impact of various reform options on the actual retirement choices of older workers. The paper focuses in particular on the long-term implications of the changes implemented in pension legislation since 1992 and the reform options discussed by the German Social Security Reform Commission installed in 2002, the so called 'Rurup Commission'. Our simulations show that the early-retirement pension adjustment factors introduced by the 1992 pension reform will, in the long term, raise the average effective age of retirement for men by somewhat less than two years. The across-the-board two-year increase in all the relevant age limits proposed by the 'Rurup Commission' would raise the effective average age of retirement of men by about eight months. If the actuarial adjustment factor is increased from 3.6% to 6% per year, the effective average retirement age rises by almost two years. The effects are considerably weaker for women.

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B. "Adverse Selection and the Challenges to Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Insurance," by Mark V. Pauly and Yuhui Zeng (National Bureau of Economic Research w9919, August 2003, .pdf format, 35p.).


This paper investigates a possible predictor of adverse selection problems in unsubsidized stand-alone' prescription drug insurance: the persistence of an individual's high spending over multiple years. Using MEDSTAT claims data and data from the Medicare Survey of Current Beneficiaries, we find that persistence is much higher for outpatient drug expenses than for other categories of medical expenses. We then use these estimates to develop a simple and intuitive model of adverse selection in competitive insurance markets and show that this high relative persistence makes it unlikely that unsubsidized drug insurance can be offered for sale, even with premiums partially risk adjusted, without a probable adverse selection death spiral. We show that this outcome can be avoided if drug coverage is bundled with other coverage, and briefly discuss the need either for comprehensive coverage or generous subsidies if adverse selection is to be avoided in private and Medicare insurance markets.

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

17. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 158, No. 5, Sep. 1, 2003).

18. The Gerontologist (Vol. 43, No. 4, August 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

19. Journal of Health Economics (Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2003).

20. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "browse by publication"
C. Click the "fax/ariel" radio button, type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 22, No. 2, 2003).

Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 18, No. 3, 2003).

21. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 26, 2003:

B. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 26, 2003:

C. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug. 26, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

22. NIH:

A. Notice of Correction: Centers on the Demography of Aging (RFA: AG-04-001) (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging NOT-AG-03-005, Aug. 19, 2003). For more information see:

B. Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging RFA-AG-04-002, Aug. 21, 2003). For more information see:

VI. Conferences/Lecture Series:

23. NIH MEDICINE FOR THE PUBLIC: 2003 LECTURE SERIES: (US National Institutes of Health, September - October 2003, Bethesda, Maryland). "The 27th annual Medicine for the Public Lectures will take place September- October 2003, at the NIH Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Bethesda, Maryland. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. NIH Videocasts will be available for each lecture." On Sep. 16, 2003, a lecture on "Alzheimer's Disease: Advances and Hope," by Trey Sunderland, will be given.

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