PhD student - Herman Deleeck Center for Social Policy - University of Antwerp
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Veerle holds a master’s degree in Sociology (KU Leuven). Since 2017, she is a PhD student at the Herman Deleeck Center for Social Policy. Her PhD focuses on the development of a multidimensional well-being measure for older people. Alongside her PhD, Veerle is following an advanced master program in “Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences” (KU Leuven). She also cooperates on a project about the deployment of staff in residential care centers funded by the Flemish government.
Background and Objectives While it has become standard to include the views of older people when assessing their well-being, most existing methods are ill-suited to estimate the relative importance of well-being dimensions. This paper investigates the potential of the factorial survey method to estimate the relative importance of six well-being dim...
In this working paper, we investigated the potential of a factorial survey to estimate the relative importance of the well-being dimensions of health, income, social relations, leisure and religion or spirituality, according to the views of older people. For this purpose, a factorial survey was implemented in a longitudinal online survey among 800...
This note compares the age profile based on standard objective and subjective measures of successful aging with the age profile based on a novel preference-based measure proposed by Decancq and Michiels (2019). Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) for 2013, we find that the share of persons between 50 and 90...
The rapid aging of our societies poses enormous policy challenges. To evaluate aging policies, policy makers and researchers need an operational yardstick to measure well-being in old age. Since wellbeing is a multidimensional notion, one needs to trade-off the outcomes in the different well-being dimensions. Existing well-being measures for older persons typically use a common trade-off for all individuals and are thereby neglecting differences in older persons’ view on what’s important in life. The first objective of this research project will be to develop a multidimensional well-being measure for older persons with respect for individual variation in preferences. Such a preference-based approach requires data about the view on the "good life". The second objective of this project will be to construct a survey instrument, called Well-BOA (Well-Being at Old Age), that allows us to obtain reliable information on the preferences of older persons in a simple and direct way. The survey instrument will be tested in a series of on-line survey experiments and implemented among a representative sample of the LISS panel and the SHARE survey. Finally, we aim to explore two ways in which the results can help to improve policies: first, by identifying the "worst-off" with respect for the own view of older persons on the "good life" and, second, by providing a measurement toolbox that is sensitive to the distribution of well-being among the older population.