Since its start, researchers worldwide have based their research on SHARE data to study the impact of health, social, economic and environmental policies on the lives of Europeans citizens and beyond. Among these scientific publications are articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters as well as working and policy papers. All of them are being collected by SHARE and listed on its webpage.
In December 2020, the 3000th publication based on SHARE data was recorded, which was published by Jana Mäcken, Alicia R Riley and Maria M Glymour on “Cross-National Differences in the Association between Retirement and Memory Decline” (2020). The authors found that on average, retirement was associated with a moderate decrement in word recall, i.e., interviewers would name 10 words and respondents needed to recall as many as they could. The study also reported that memory decline accelerated after retirement. However, there are significant between-country heterogeneity in memory decline after retirement across the 17 countries that were included in the study. Memory decline after retirement was faster in the Mediterranean and eastern European countries, which are characterized by less generous welfare systems with comparatively low pension benefits. From a policy point of view, it would be valuable to evaluate the amount of resources that could protect retirees from memory decline.
The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. From 2004 until today, 480,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people aged 50 or older from 28 European countries and Israel have been conducted. Thus, SHARE is the largest pan-European social science panel study providing internationally comparable longitudinal micro data, which allow insights in the fields of public health and socio-economic living conditions of European individuals.