Most children born today in developed countries might live on to celebrate their 90th or even their 100th birthday. At the same time, the number of babies that are born is well below the ‘replacement level’ of 2.1 children per woman. As a result, societies are ageing rapidly. In this context, we study how long people live and what factors affect their longevity. We also investigate how ageing and longevity influence our society, our economy, the labour market, and public policies. We use a ‘life in context’ research lens, to investigate how early life experiences impact later life outcomes.
What are we working on?
In most of our projects, we project future scenarios on population development, migration, ageing, or mortality. In Verkenning Bevolking 2050, we map scenarios about future population developments in the Netherlands. Scenarios are also central in the Future Migration Scenarios for Europe (FUME) project, where we demonstrate how regional and local factors might shape future migration flows in Europe and how migration will affect future regional and local developments. Other work focuses on future mortality rates, and predicts how these will be influenced by the delay in ageing and the influence of lifestyle epidemics: smoking, alcohol, and obesity. We are also interested in the development of better ways to measure key demographic concepts like ageing. Finally, we collaborate with NIDI’s Work and Retirement group on several projects, such as Pros and Cons of Flexible Public Pension Age and The life course of the young in the 21st century: risks for increasing inequality?