The Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging at NORC (University of Chicago) is offering two postdoctoral fellowships. Recent PhD recipients interested in the demographic and economic analysis of aging are encouraged to apply. Applications due February 4, 2014.

Those wishing to participate in NBER’s Summer Institute — which will be held in Cambridge, MA, July 7 to July 25, 2014 — should submit a paper for program consideration, or an abstract, no later than March 14, 2014. Workshops will focus on the economics of aging, health care, health economics, and social security, among other topics.

States running their own insurance exchanges, although they may struggle initially more than states with federally run exchanges, may end up doing better in the longer term, says Heather Howard: “They have consumer assistance infrastructure, grants out to community-based organizations, and they’re building and doing a lot more marketing. And their consumers are hearing much more about the options.”

The year-long Health and Aging Policy Fellows program offers fellows the chance to participate in policymaking processes on either the Federal or state level as legislative assistants or staffers in executive agencies and policy organizations. The program is residential or nonresidential. Stipends range up to $120,000 per year. Fellows may also apply for second-year funding.

Using data on 400 married couples over age 50, Vicki Freedman found that, relative to household chores, the wives found greater happiness and less frustration in performing care-based tasks for their husbands. “What we found was surprising,” said Freedman. “First, that older women report greater happiness levels when providing care to their husbands than when carrying out the same kinds of tasks as chores – and second, that older women are no less happy when caring for their husbands than they are doing other kinds of activities.”

The University of Colorado Population Center is hosting the 5th annual IGSS Conference, October 9-10, 2014. Papers that showcase behavioral and genetic studies that enhance demographic and social scientific inquiry are being solicited with a due date of June 1.

The Butler-Williams Scholars Program will provide a week-long program for 25 to 30 emerging scholars with interest in designing research for topics such as the biology of aging, genetics, Alzheimer’s disease, and health behavior at older ages. Past participants have included many researchers with interest in health disparities research as well as those from underrepresented groups.

The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral fellowship in the demography of aging and the life course, funded by the National Institute on Aging. Recent PhDs in sociology, economics, population health sciences, epidemiology and public health are invited to apply for this fellowship, which begins Oct. 1, 2014.

Without a charismatic leader, says Eric Kingson, the ‘Silver Revolution’ will not take hold in America. And, while AARP pushes ideas “important for older people,” he says “they’re not the Gray Panthers.”

Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder find that spending rates at retirement vary substantially, with increases in the upper half of the wealth distribution, but declines in the low-wealth population. Where spending declines at higher rates, the main explanation seems to be early retirement due to poor health, possibly augmented by a short planning horizon by a minority of the population.