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Research linked to the Causineq project in the Belgian press

  • January 22, 2016
  • Press

Our research was in the news. Both the newspaper Le Soir and Radio 1 reported on results of the Causineq project. The focus was on the fact that the difference in life expectancy at birth between rich and poor people can amount to 14 years.

Download the newspaper article in Le Soir here (in French)


Presentation of first results

  • September 15, 2015
  • First results, Follow-up Committee

On the 25th of September 2015, the Causineq team presented the first research results to the members of the Follow-up Committee. These results are documented in the menu ‘Results’ of the Causineq-website.

WP1 presented life tables by socio-economic class, with socio-economic class being identified through four dimensions, namely: education, socio-professional class, housing and the Destiny indicator. The latter is a combination of the three former dimensions plus income. The Destiny indicator showed much larger inequalities than each dimension considered separately. In the period 2001-2011, the difference in life expectancy at age 5 between men belonging the lowest class and men belonging to the highest class was 14 years. Among women, the difference was 8 years.

WP2 discussed the relationship between unemployment and mortality during the period 2001-2011. The excess mortality of men without employment was largely confirmed with about two times higher mortality rates in the age group 30-59. The excess mortality was remarkable for alcohol-related mortality, varied by age and could not be explained by control variables (education, housing quality, ethnicity and living arrangement). Cross-classification with education demonstrated that educational attainment had a slight protective effect against the detrimental impact of unemployment. This was especially true for the Belgian population, but less so for Moroccan and Turkish men.

WP3 illustrated the association between living arrangements and mortality among the population aged 25 and older. Differences by marital status were pronounced, especially among men and at young ages. The largest mortality excess was observed for widowers with a 1.7 times higher mortality compared to married men. Inequalities increased between 1992-1996 and 2002-2006. A small part of the differences by marital status could be explained by socio-economic variables, but inequalities remained significant.

WP4 used survey data to demonstrate the joint association between living arrangements, employment conditions and health indicators. Clear relationships were demonstrated between different labour market positions and health. Compared to workers in stable employment, the health situation was more problematic not only for the unemployed, but also for the individuals holding less-favourable positions in employment (more specifically those in precarious employment). Controlling for the broader social environment reduced health problems, but the associations remained significant.


Welcome to our new website

  • December 09, 2014
  • Technology, Internet

We are excited to introduce to you our new website. By this means we hope to better inform you about this research project. Here you will find background information on the project, details about the team members, results, publications and events. Feel free to browse around!