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Direction des Recherches sur le Vieillissement-(National old-age pension fund)Research Funder/Centre

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Research centre



The CNAV (the National old-age fund) is the pension system for private sector employees in the framework of the French general social security. The situation of this institution which has both its own research center and means allowing it to finance research programs for outside teams is rather unusual. CNAV's department of research on ageing (DRV), carries out studies in social policy and institutions, social participation and families, life course studies and social identity and develops international collaboration. The permanent team is composed of six persons, five others researchers are associated members with a budget of 300 000 € per year. The DRV participates in European and international research networks an it is engaged in comparative work. The work of the researchers has been widely published and disseminated. The DRV also has a programme of research in the context of answering calls to research tenders and in partnership with other research organisations in France and abroad. The researchers are also engaged in teaching, in participation on scientific committees and decision making bodies. The DRV organises seminars and other meetings. The research team is in charge of in the editorial work of Retraite et Société. It is the only journal devoted to retirement and ageing which is edited by the CNAV and disseminated by La Documentation Française


The principal aim is to develop scientific knowledge of the social dimension of ageing and to contribute to the development of social policy.

Main research areas

The DRV has three main research areas: intergenerational relations, dependency and fragile older people, ethnic minorities approaching retirement. These fields are orientated around themes 1 social groups and families. This research examines demographic and social changes that have redefined gender roles and intergenerational relations. Intergenerational solidarity is redefined as it interacts with social policy. 2 life course, and social identity. This research is linked to intergenerational relations by focusing on how they impact on the end of working life. Different patterns of retirement among ethnic minority groups form the focus of this research. 3 institutions and social policy. This research examines how social policy is formed according the life trajectories and the passage to retirement. Social change forms the context for this theme.


Claudine Attias Donfut or Isabelle Jamroz


Direction des Recherches sur le vieillissement49
rue Mirabeau
F75016 Paris

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