Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #345--July 6, 2006


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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE ADDITION: The Human Mortality Database has added data for Ukraine (1955-2006) to its database. The Human Mortality database requires free registration before providing data.

More information on Human Mortality Database:

The registration link is located in the second to last paragraph on the page.

2. ZENTRALARCHIV FUR EMPIRISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG [UNIVERSITY OF KOLN, GERMANY]: "ZA Online Study Catalog (ZACAT): Exploring Survey Data Online." "ZACAT, a social science data portal allowing you to search for, browse, analyse and download social science survey data. ZACAT currently offers access to data and documentation of around 200 studies with a focus on international comparative studies and election studies, from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), Standard Eurobarometers, Central and Eastern Eurobarometer 1990-1997, the Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2001-2004, and the European Values Study (EVS) 1999/2000." ZACAT requires free registration before allowing data extraction.

3. INTEGRATED PUBLIC USE MICRODATA SERIES UPDATE: IPUMS at the University of Minnesota has "posted new versions of the 2000 1%, 5%, and Unweighted samples: a correction was made to the MIGPLAC5 (State or country of residence 5 years ago) variable." IPUMS requires free registration before allowing data extraction. For more information the Jun. 30, 2006 entry at:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Dopamine Drug Leads to New Neurons and Recovery of Function in Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease"(Jul. 4, 2006).


A. "Community Aged Care Packages in Australia 2004-05," (Aged care statistics series No. 23, June 2006, .pdf format, 86p.).

B. "More funding for Aged Care Assessment Teams" (Jul. 4, 2006, HTML and .pdf format 1p.).

6. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICE FOR WOMEN REPORT: "Aspects of Retirement for Older Women," by Diana Warren (2006, .pdf format, 78p.).

participants in retirement by unemployment insurance fund, retirement, age and sex" (June 2006).

8. STATISTICS LATVIA PRESS RELEASE: "On age composition change trends of population of Latvia," by Ilze Naumova (Jun. 28, 2006).

9. SOUTH KOREA NATIONAL STATISTICAL OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: "Results of the 2005 Population Census for the Koreans Aged 100 and Above" (June 2006).


A. "Maine Legislative Issues: A Survey of AARP Members," by Cassandra Cantave Burton, and Katherine Bridges (June 2006, .pdf format). There are reports for "Consumer," "Health Care," and "Older Workers."

B. "2006 Utah Transportation Survey: Aging and Mobility," by Anita Stowell-Ritter (June 2006, .pdf format, 53p.). In addition there is also a report on Rural Residents 50+ (.pdf format, 48p.) and Residents Age 85+ (.pdf format, 50p.).

C. "Guardianship Monitoring: A National Survey of Court Practices," by Naomi Karp and Erica F. Wood (June 2006, .pdf format, 52p.).

D. "Boomers Turning 60," by Shalanda Gordon, Carol Keegan, and Linda Fisher (June 2006, .pdf format, 22p.).

E. "Opinions About Health Care and Prescription Drug Coverage Among 50-64 Year Olds," by Linda L. Barrett (May 2006, .pdf format, 26p.).

F. "Cell Phones for Safety and Security in Case of an Emergency," by Christopher Baker (Fact Sheet, June. 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION FACT SHEET UPDATE: "Prescription Drug Trends Fact Sheet - June 2006 Update" (June 2006, .pdf format, 5p.).

12. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT: "Tools to Avoid Disclosing Information About Individuals in Public Use Microdata Files," by Cynthia Taeuber (June 2006, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

13. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT: "25 Percent of Europeans Will Be Above Age 65 in 2030, Says New Data Sheet" (July 2006). The announcement links to ordering information for "European Demographic Data Sheet 2006".,_Says_Data_Sheet.htm

14. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE FACT SHEET: "Support for Working Family Caregivers: Paid Leave Policies in California and Beyond," by Sheel M. Pandya, Kari Wolkwitz, and Lynn Friss Feinberg (June 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

More information on FCA:

15. _SCIENCE_ PERSPECTIVE EXTRACT: "Redistributing Work in Aging Europe," by James W. Vaupel and Elke Loichinger (Vol. 312, No. 5782, p. 1911 - 1913).


A. "Only specialists should diagnose Parkinson's disease," by Susan Mayor (News Extra Extract, Vol. 333, No. 7557, Jul. 1, 2006, p. 14).

B. "Hip fracture," by Martyn Parker and Antony Johansen (Clinical Review Extract, Vol. 333, No. 7557, Jul. 1, 2006, p. 27-30).

17. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "The Time to Plan Is Now," by Lawrence J. Kotlikoff (Jul. 2, 2006).,9171,1209939,00.html


III. Working Papers:

18. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Dissaving of the Aged Revisited: The Case of Japan," by Charles Yuji Horioka (w12351, July 2006, .pdf format, 19p.).


In this paper, I survey the previous literature on the saving behavior of the aged in Japan and then present some survey data on the saving behavior of the aged in Japan that became available recently. To summarize the main findings of this paper, all previous studies as well as the newly available data I analyze find that the retired aged dissave and that even the working aged dissave at very advanced ages. These findings are consistent with the life cycle model and suggest that this model is highly applicable in the case of Japan.


A. "Mortality Heterogeneity and the Distributional Consequences of Mandatory Annuitization," by by Guan Gong and Anthony Webb (WP 2006-11, June 2006, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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B. "Earnings and Women's Retirement Security," by Alicia H. Munnell and Natalia Zhivan (WP 2006-12, June 2006, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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C. "Determinants and Consequences of Bargaining Power in Households," by Leora Friedberg and Anthony Webb (WP 2006-13, June 2006, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


A. "Ageing and Growth in the Small Open Economy," by Ben J. Heijdra and Ward E. Romp (CESifo Working Paper No. 1740, June 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).


We construct an overlapping generations model for the small open economy which incorporates a realistic description of the mortality process. Agents engage in educational activities at the start of life and thus create human capital to be used later on in life for production purposes. Depending on the strength of the intergenerational externality in the human capital production function, the model gives rise to exogenous or endogenous growth. The effects of demographic shocks and fiscal stimuli on the growth path are derived, both at impact, during transition, and in the long run.

B. "Mixing Bismarck and Child Pension Systems: An Optimum Taxation Approach," by Robert Fenge and Jakob von Weizacker (CESifo Working Paper No. 1751, June 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).


The labor-leisure distortion of a pay-as-you-go pension system can be reduced through a stronger tax-benefit link or Bismarck pension system. Distortions of the fertility decision can be reduced through the introduction of a stronger child-benefit or child pension system. Within our optimal taxation framework, we find a Corlett-Hague result regarding the optimal mix of the two: if and only if children are more complementary to leisure should the tax benefit link be given a positive weight at the expense of the child-benefit link. The model also allows us to examine the infertility insurance argument that may justify redistribution from families with children to those without implied by most pension systems. We find that the opposite redistribution, from the childless to those with children, would be efficient if individuals have low risk aversion. Redistribution in favor of the infertile would only be justified when risk aversion is high.


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

21. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 164, No 2, Jul. 15, 2006).

22. INGENTACONNECT: INGENTACONNECT provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "advanced search"
C. Type in your publication name and click "Exact title" radio button
D. Under "Show", click the "fax/ariel" radio button.
E. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 32, No. 7, August 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 18, No. 1, 2006).

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 52, No. 2, 2006)

23. 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. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of Jul. 5, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 5, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 5, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 5, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 5, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 5, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

24. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: "HHS Announces $15 Million Collaboration on Prevention for Older Americans" (Jul. 5, 2006).

Link to funding information is at the bottom of the page.


VI. Conferences:

25. WORLD DEMOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION: "World Ageing & Generations Congress," to be held Sep. 27-29, 2006 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

26. FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ON CAREGIVING, DISABILITY, AGING, AND TECHNOLOGY CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: FICCDAT has announced calls for papers for five conferences that will run concurrently from Jun. 16-19, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Call for abstracts:

Information about the conferences:


VII. Websites of Interest:

27. AARP PORTFOLIO ON THE BRITISH PENSION SYSTEM: "The UK Department for Work and Pensions has released its White Paper on pension reform, in response to the final report released by the Pensions Commission. Some of the key changes to the current system include raising the pension qualification age, introducing an automatic savings scheme, and tying pension payments to average earnings. The AARP Global Aging Program would like to contribute to the dialogue by dedicating this site to house the resources and research that we have produced over the years on British pension issues." There are also links to external sources of interest.

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