Health and active aging | Munich Center for the Economics of Aging - MEA

Health and active aging

MEA research - health and active aging

Please find here summaries and articles about MEA research on health and active aging.

Does Education improve Health?

Manheim, 2010

More educated people live longer, perceive themselves as healthier and also behave more health-conscious by, for instance, smoking less frequently. But it is far from settled, whether this correlation reflects a causal effect of education. If this was the case, a targeted educational policy could improve public health while reaping the other numerous beneficial effects of education.

Searching for the Causes of Unequal Health

Mannheim, 2009

People with high income are healthier than the average of the population. However, the underlying reasons are not entirely clear. Does the cause of this inequality possibly even lie in childhood? In order to answer this question, MEA scientists analyze the influence of parental income on the health of children.

High Income Pensioners Live Longer

Mannheim, 2006

The more people earn, the longer they are likely to live. The relationship between income and health has been established for some time internationally and has now been confirmed empirically for pensioners in Germany in a MEA study. The research by Hans-Martin von Gaudecker from MEA and Rembrandt Scholz from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research involved analysing a broad swathe of data on several million pensioners. Owing to the lack of suitable data comparatively few studies have been carried out on this subject in Germany.

The Flu - Incomplete German Influenza Vaccination

Every year, approximately 14 000 people die of the severe consequences of influenza. Older people and individuals with specific health conditions run a particularly high risk of suffering complications from an infection with the influenza virus. Although vaccination can provide considerable protection, only very few Germans take up vaccination annually. MEA researchers analyse the causes.


Vaccination willingness in Europe: Who are the unvaccinated?


MEA researchers analyzed the willingness to get vaccinated against the background of demographic, socio-economic and health factors of people in Europe and Israel.

A new MEA study reveals which factors influence the willingness for vaccination across...

Read more