Research on NorLAG data is financed from several sources and projects. Priorities will therefore vary over time. Among the research questions in the major focus areas are:
Work and retirement
What characterizes the retirement patterns and changes thereof among men and women in different types of occupations and in different geographical regions? What are the causes of early and late retirement? What is the role of functional health and family situation for employment and retirement behaviour? Under what conditions does retirement have positive and negative effects on health and well-being?
Families and generations
How strong is the solidarity in the family? Is intergenerational solidarity weakened by demographic changes and new family forms, and expanding individualism? How is the balancing between formal and informal care? How does this balance vary by care needs and changes in care needs? Do filial responsibility norms vary across countries? How strong is the relationship between filial responsibility norms and provision of care to older parents?
Mental health and well-being
What are the most important sources of well-being in old age? The relationships between various living conditions and well-being – are they changing with older age? How do people cope with risks and role transitions in the second half of life? What is the role of personality and gender, education and social support for coping and mental health over the life course?
Health and care
Are there cohort changes in the health and functional ability of the elderly? Do different indicators of health observe different patterns of change? Do health changes lead to changes in family life and the conjugal relationship? Which contexual and personal factors influence health behaviour changes in the second half of life?