Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #31--April 27, 2000

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. LIS DATA, ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Luxembourg Income Study has added data from the 1992 Swiss Poverty Survey to its database. In addition it has made an online workshop available for new users of the LIS database.

LIS Database Information:

LIS Online Workshop:

2. CENSUS BUREAU: The Census Bureau has made two data files available on media.

A. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1996 Panel Wave 4 Core Microdata File (XXIII-2)

B. The Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD) 1998 Calendar Year File (XXIII-3)

For more information about both of these files see the Census Bureau's Data Developments Page. The Data Developments information sheets are in .pdf format.

C. The Bureau has also released national population estimates updated to cover March 2000. Of possible interest are estimates broken out by age group and sex (1990-2000).


II. Reports and articles

3. GAO REPORT: "Medicare Home Health Care: Prospective Payment System Will Need Refinement as Data Become Available" (General Accounting Office Report HEHS-00-9, April 2000, .pdf format, 53p.).

Note: GAO Internet addresses are valid for only a limited period of time. After that time, documents can be found by searching the Government Printing Office:

and searching on title or report number.


A. "A Prospective Study of Diet Quality and Mortality in Women," by Ashima K. Kant, Arthur Schatzkin, Barry I. Graubard, and Catherine Schairer (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Apr. 26, 2000, Vol. 283, No. 16, p. 2109-2115, HTML and .pdf formats).

B. "Switching Health Plans to Obtain Drug Coverage," by Joseph P. Newhouse (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Apr. 26, 2000, Vol. 283, No. 16, p. 2161-2162, HTML and .pdf formats). Note: This is a _JAMA_ editorial.

C. "Exhaustion of Drug Benefits and Disenrollment of Medicare Beneficiaries From Managed Care Organizations," by Thomas S. Rector (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Apr. 26, 2000, Vol. 283, No. 16, p. 2163-2167, HTML and .pdf formats).

D. "Consensus Panel Considers Osteoporosis," by Charles Marwick (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Apr. 26, 2000, Vol. 283, No. 16, p. 2093-2095, HTML and .pdf formats).

5. NIH CONSENSUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DRAFT CONSENSUS STATEMENT: "Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy" (Vol. 17, No. 1, March 27-29, 2000, HTML and .pdf formats, 37p.). Note: "NIH (National Institutes of Health) Consensus Statements are prepared by a nonadvocate, non-Federal panel of experts, based on (1) presentations by investigators working in areas relevant to the consensus questions during a 2-day public session; (2) questions and statements from conference attendees during open discussion periods that are part of the public session; and (3) closed deliberations by the panel during the remainder of the second day and morning of the third. This statement is an independent report of the panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government."

6. EUROPA (EUROPEAN UNION) REPORT: "People in Europe: Demographic Change: The Regional Dimension--Trend and Policy Issues (1999, .pdf format, 37p.).

7. FAMILIES USA REPORT: Families USA, a "national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans," has released "Still Rising: Drug Price Increases for Seniors, 1999-2000" (Families USA Publication 00-103, April 2000, .pdf format, 18p.).

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8. CFA REPORT: The Consumer Federation of America, "an advocacy organization, working to advance pro-consumer policy on a variety of issues before Congress, the White House, federal and state regulatory agencies, and the courts," has released: "Retirement Savings of American Households," by Catherine Montalto, Consumer and Textile Sciences Department, Ohio State University (April 2000, .pdf format, 11p.). "The data analyzed in this study are from the public use tape of the 1998 Survey of Consumer Finances released by the Federal Reserve Board in February 2000."

9. NCHS REPORT: The National Center for Health Statistics has released "Characteristics of Elderly Nursing Home Current Residents and Discharges: Data from the 1997 National Nursing Home Survey," by Celia S. Gabrel (Advance Data 312, (PHS) 2000-1250, April 2000, .pdf format, 16p.). "This report presents the socio-demographic characteristics, functional dependencies in the activities of daily living (ADL's) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL's), dental status, primary admission diagnoses, types of services used, and source of payment of elderly nursing home residents. The data presented in this report were collected from the National Center for Health Statistics 1997 National Nursing Home Survey (discussed in CAAR #27, Mar. 30, 2000 issue). The survey sample consisted of current residents aged 65 years and over."

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III. Working Papers

10. POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE--PENN STATE UNIVERSITY: "Cohort Changes in Labor Force Attachment, Working and Nonworking Life Expectancies of Older Men," by Roland Daeumer and Mark D. Hayward (Working Paper 00-04, April 2000, .pdf format, 32p.).

>From the Abstract:

Recent trends in labor force attachment of older men in the United States have generally been attributed to changes in labor supply behavior. In this article we investigate the magnitude of change in retirement behavior shaping trends in older men's labor force participation and working life expectancies. Based on data from the Current Population Survey, we find that the decline in older males' labor force participation during the 1970s and 1980s is a function of both changes in retirement behavior and a decline in successive birth cohorts labor supply at younger ages carried forward into retirement years. Working life table estimates further point to the key role of declining mortality in defining life cycle labor force attachment. Whereas changes in labor supply were the principal contributing factor towards increases in nonworking life expectancy during the 1970s and early 1980s, the lengthening of older mens retirement period in the 1990s was driven mainly by declines in mortality.

11. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH--UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX (UK): "Occupational Pensions and Interfirm Job Mobility in the European Union: evidence from the ECHP Survey," by Vincenzo Andrietti (Working Paper 2000-7, February 2000, .pdf format, 47p.).

>From the Abstract:

Discussion of problems posed by defined benefit occupational pension plans to the free circulation of private sector workers in the European Union has been mainly driven by the theoretical arguments, while little attempt has been made to support these arguments with empirical evidence. The paper's main objective is to fill this gap, modelling the role of expected pension portability losses on individual job mobility choices in a sample of European Union Member States with different pension portability rules, and estimating the model with a new longitudinal data set derived from the first two waves of the European Community Household Panel survey. Individual job mobility status is seen as endogenously determined through a comparative evaluation of expected benefits and costs from mobility. Following Heckman's (1979) two-step procedure, we consistently estimate wage equations parameters and individual mover/stayer structural wage differentials corrected for self selectivity. Maximum likelihood estimation of a structural probit equation accounting for estimated wage differentials allows the recovering of structural mobility costs parameters. In particular, occupational defined benefit pensions seem to act, through pension portability losses, as a significant impediment to individual labour mobility in all countries but Spain, while evidence for Denmark is consistent with full portability of defined contribution pensions.

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

12. Abstracts in Social Gerontology (Vol. 43, No. 1, March 2000) is available in electronic full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database.

13. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 30, No. 2, April 2000).


Click on "Tables of Contents and Abstracts" and then "Volume 30, Issue 2" for links to abstracts.

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American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 151, No. 8, Apr. 15, 2000).


V. Books

15. NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS: _The Aging Mind: Opportunities in Cognitive Research_, edited by Paul C. Stern and Laura L. Carstensen (2000, Open Book format, 288p.). Note: This book can be read online. Printing can be done page by page only. Ordering information, including pricing information, is available at the site.


VI. Conferences:

16. HCFA FREE SATELLITE BROADCAST: The Health Care Financing Administration is offering a free Medicare Learning Network satellite broadcast, "Evolving Health Care Issues: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, and Prostate Cancer," from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time May 15, 2000. The broadcast features US Surgeon General David Satcher. For more information, including a searchable list of host sites as well as a registration form to become a host site, see:


VII. Websites of Interest

17. AGING SOCIETY CHRONIC AND DISBABLING CONDITIONS PROFILES UPDATE: The Aging Society has added a new profile: "Diabetes: A Drain on US Resources," (Challenges for the 21st Century: Chronic and Disabling Conditions No. 6, April 2000, .pdf format, 6p.). Most of the data in this profile are taken from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

Chronic and Disabling Conditions Data Profiles:

18. INTERNET INFORMATION NOTES ADDITION: The Administration on Aging National Aging Information Center has added a new section to its Internet Information Notes (discussed in CAAR #1, Sep. 16, 1999) meta-site.

Low Vision and Aging:

Internet Information Notes:

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