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Project Description

The Social PoLicy Archive for SHARE (SPLASH) supports policy-oriented research. SPLASH offers contextual data, which highlights cross-national differences linked to particular welfare states in Europe. The macro data offered on SPLASH facilitates the analysis of environmental factors in-conjunction with SHARE’s micro data.

With these objectives, SPLASH’s content has been selected and organized in two substantive sections: Data and Policy.

The Data section offers contextual quantitative indicators in the research domains covered by SHARE and based on official statistics and research outcomes. In terms of content, SPLASH is focused on resources covering European countries organised by the following topics:

  • Education
  • Family & Children
  • Health
  • Migration
  • Living Conditions
  • Work & Retirement

Macroeconomic and Demographic Indicators are also provided.

In the framework of the SHARE-Covid19 Project, data related to the Covid-19 pandemic has been collected. The indicators address, for instance, the severity and stringency of the epidemic control actions and the employment-related measures implemented as response and support the analysis of the SHARE-Covid19 special questionnaire. All the associated resources are identified with the keyword “SHARE-Covid19”.

The Policy Section provides a repository of the qualitative data collected until 2016 by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in PERFAR. It highlights changes in the social policies for 19 European countries in the fields of family, education, health, migration and retirement. Moreover, this section includes comprehensive information on the supporting legislation and additional background details on the specific policy context.

SPLASH thereby substantially enriches the analytical potential of the SHARE data, combining micro-level data on individual heterogeneity with macro-level data on the heterogeneity of the different welfare regimes.

The integration of MEA research outcomes and the contextual data for SHARE will continue to enhance the coverage of the Data Section. For instance, this will allow integrating additional indicators on retirement, social security entitlements and the availability and use of health care in the future.

SPLASH is developed and maintained by MEA at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich.

Project Coordinator

Diana López-Falcón

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging | Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Data Section

Axel Börsch-Supan (Coordinator)

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging | Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Diana López-Falcón

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging | Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Charity Young (Research assistant)

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging | Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Database Structure and Design

Diana López-Falcón

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging | Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Dirk Vieregg

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Policy Database was developed by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in the framework of the Population and Policy Database (PPD) and the Population Europe Research Finder and Archive (PERFAR).

Website Design and Development

MOTOR Digital, Berlin

form4, Berlin

Funding

SPLASH has been developed with financial support of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. in the framework of the projects “Laboratory of Population and Policy” (2008-2010) and “The Baltic Sea States Project” (2016-2021), as well as the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (2007-2017). The update of the policy database, particularly regarding educational policies, received funding from the Progress Programme of the European Union, under grant agreement n° VS/2012/0168 for the project Population Europe 2.0 (2013-2015). The update of family policies received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), under grant agreement n° 320116 for the research project FamiliesAndSocieties (2013-2017).

Data on Migration Policies for France, Italy and Spain were generously provided in 2014 by the Collaborative SSH-FP7 project Temporary versus Permanent Migration - TEMPER (http://www.temperproject.eu) coordinated by Amparo González-Ferrer.

The European Commission supports SHARE-ERIC’s COVID-19 research project (SHARE-COVID19) by funding through Horizon 2020 and the Coronavirus Global Response initiative launched by President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2020.