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The ownership of insurers and the scope of their activities may also pose market challenges.
While competition is arguably limited by the presence of few players, such as in the Irish insurance system,
the existence of several players is not the only measure of market competitiveness. Mobility across insurers
is low in many OECD countries. It is also sometimes challenging to establish incentives for “healthy” and
equitable competition among PHI insurers, as they face incentives to concentrate on good risks, thereby
failing to cover more vulnerable individuals.
The Working Group seeks comment on its two proposed nutrition principles,
including the recommendation that industry focus its self-regulatory efforts on the categories
of foods most heavily marketed to children. The Working Group is proposing two possible
approaches for assessing whether a food product meets Principle A – making a meaningful
contribution to a healthful diet.
The big challenge though is to show that education does make a difference to how people
behave. Asking people at the end of a seminar whether they will do things differently is
weak evidence.What people say they will do is known to diverge from what they
actually do. “Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their
origin is pure vanity. The result is absolutely nil.” (Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian
Gray) As we shall note, Choi et al (2006) find Wilde’s dictum is certainly true of pension
The Ouagadougou conference built upon the results of earlier conferences, including the
International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994,
which stressed the importance of reproductive health for men. In 1995, a regional confer-
ence was held in Dakar to present new findings from Demographic and Health Surveys
(DHS) on men’s reproductive attitudes and behavior. In 1996, a regional conference on
men’s participation in reproductive health was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, for participants
from English-speaking African countries.
Of the 316 students surveyed, 75 responded giving a response rate of 24%. Only one
respondent did not complete all survey questions. Respondents included students at
all stages in the MBA program and their gender distribution, age distribution and
employment profile very closely resemble those of the broader student body. The only
apparent difference between the demographics of the respondents and those of the
broader student population was that students living in Australia were slightly under-
This is the second occasion that the Agricultural Outlook report has been prepared jointly by the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The report draws on the commodity, policy and country
expertise of both Organisations in providing a medium term assessment of future prospects in the
major world agricultural commodity markets. The report is published annually, as part of a
continuing effort to promote informed discussion of emerging market and policy issues....
One-time reports also provide Child Health program indicator results e.g., National Survey of Parents of Young
Children (66) http://www.investinkids.ca/parents/about-us/ourresearch/articletype/articleview/articleid/1258/
national-survey-of-parents-of-young-children.aspx and Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and
Neglect [OIS], 2003 (117) http://www.phac.arpc.gc.ca/publicat/cissr-ecirc/pdf/cmic_e.
As described above, Somalia faces multiple challenges - not least conflict, drought, flooding,
inadequate and inequitable social and public services and massive population displacement - but
persistently high levels of malnutrition are undermining the survival, growth and development of
the population. Rates of acute and chronic malnutrition have consistently exceeded emergency
thresholds in some areas for more than 10 years now.
Chapter 18 - Economics of retirement and healthcare. After reading the material in this chapter, you should be able to: Apply the life cycle theory of retirement and identify the main sources of retirement funds; explain the difference between defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans; summarize the demographic challenge facing social security and describe the possible solutions;...
In an age of uncertainty, peering 15 years into the future may seem like hubris. But ignoring long-term
trends—demographic, economic, corporate—is an even less attractive option. Understanding the long-term future is vital in ensuring that strategies are sustainable, that opportunities are identified at an early stage and that challenges are addressed beforethey become insurmountable.
This report assesses likely changes to the global economy, to eight major industries and to corporate structures between now and 2020. Our research drew on three main initiatives....
We have found the use of the radar — our risk radar — to be a simple
and useful device to allow us to present a snapshot of the top 10 strategic
business risks for a company, a sector or indeed the global economy
as a whole. The radar allows us to show both the scale of the challenge
and its nature.
People at work in organizations today are part of a new era. The institutions of
society and the people who make them work are challenged in many and very
special ways. Society at large increasingly expects high performance and high
quality of life to go hand-in-hand, considers ethics and social responsibility core
values, respects the vast potential of demographic and cultural diversity among
people, and accepts the imprint of a globalization on everyday living and organizational
The completion of risk assessments, appropriate in scope, can help decision-makers to
select the most efficient and effective evidence based strategies. With limited
government health budgets challenged by an aging population demographic such an
understanding can improve resource allocation. Risk assessment must be sufficiently
broad to ensure adequate understanding of the risk and to identify effective risk
As life expectancy continues to rise, one of the
greatest challenges of public health is to improve
the quality of later years of life. The aim of this
present study was to analyze the quality of life
profile of the elderly across different demographic
and socioeconomic factors. A cross-sectional
study was carried out in two stages, involving
1,958 individuals aged 60 years or more. Health
related quality of life (HRQOL) was assessed using
the SF-36 questionnaire.
Disability is an important issue for the transition countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Not only is a significant portion of their population either in poor health or disabled-with implications for labor force participation and productivity-but their aging demographics project an increase in the share of disabled people, raising concerns about the sustainability of social protection programs.
Conserving biodiversity is a daunting and complex task. Perhaps
no species presents a greater challenge than the giant panda – one
of the most recognized and threatened animals on the planet. Its
difficult-to-traverse, mountainous habitat in China makes quantifying
population numbers in the wild exceedingly difficult. Despite a recent
survey suggesting that the wild population may be growing, there is no
disagreement that the primary threat is severely fragmented habitat.
It is not only the sheer number of elderly that will have an impact on public policy, but also the
characteristics of these elderly. The Baby Boomer generation is expected to remain active and
independent longer than previous generations of elderly population; as a group, they have
sufficient wealth to manage retirement as no previous generation has; and they are going to
challenge how the elderly are treated and what should be considered acceptable.
This research study attempts to understand some of the challenges that changing
demographics will have on the housing market and...
suggested that an undue emphasis on the individual self reflects cultural bias and a limited world
view (Christopher and Hickinbottom 2008).
The wide range of benefits associated with mental health demonstrates the relevance of wellbeing to
sectors beyond health, notably those concerned with the policy challenges presented by education,
social cohesion, demographic change, sustainable economic development and environmental
protection across the WHO European Region.
We will support stations and national producers in their efforts to inform the public about
critical questions of the day as traditional journalism continues to decline. And we will continue
to work with the system to embrace pragmatic change, in order to be poised even in a
challenged economy to respond to the opportunities offered by shifting demographics and
A number of ongoing and new projects are described within this document.