25th June 2017
Faculty member Esteban Calvo has two new publications. The first is “Retirement Sequences of Older Americans: Moderately Destandardized and Highly Stratified Across Gender, Class, and Race” in The Gerontologist and “Rural pension reform in China: A critical analysis” also co-authored by Esteban Calvo appears in the Journal of Aging Studies.
The first article was co-authored with Ignacio Madero-Cabib and our director Ursula Staudinger. Here sequence analysis was used to model labor-force patterns among older Americans. The authors were surprised to uncover patterns that seemed more standardized, irreversible, and age graded than previously reported. They argue that previous literature may have overstated the destandardization of labor-force patterns revolving around retirement because the pattern gets lost when modeling a continuous process as individual transitions. These patterns got further complicated by gender, class, and race differences.
The second publication “Rural pension reform in China: A critical analysis” also co-authored by Esteban Calvo appears in the Journal of Aging Studies. The researchers analyzed rural pension reform in China, which has done an impressive job in rapidly enrolling most of its rural population in a voluntary pension system. Working age adults signed up in part due to a clever family-binding policy. However, China's rural pension scheme needs more adequate social pension benefits, something that seems affordable when comparisons are made with other developing countries with social pensions, such as those in Latin America and Caribbean.
To request reprints of either of these articles, please contact the Columbia Aging Center: ColumbiaAgingCenter@cumc.columbia.edu.
Posted by ILC-USA
On 16 and 17 October 2023, the ILC Global Alliance held a meeting in Tokyo, Japan, co-chaired by Julie Byles and Margaret Gilles. The attendees included representatives from ILCs in Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, and the USA as well as the Secretariat.
16 and 17 October 2023
In June / July this year, Prof. Jaco Hoffman, Prof. Vera Roos and Dr. Rayne Stroebel visited the International Longevity Centre (ILC) in Singapore as members of ILC South Africa. The visit aimed to share common themes around socio-gerontology and to learn from examples in Singapore to establish a community for successful ageing.
ILC South Africa is pleased to announce that Rayne Stroebel has joined its leadership team as an Executive Member. He serves alongside Professors Sebastiana Kalula and Jaco Hoffman, based at the University of Cape Town and North-West University, respectively, who are ILCSA’s Co-directors. Retired Professor Monica Ferreira remains Honorary President of ILCSA.