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Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Vieillesse
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Type of institution
CNAV is a national public body that is in charge of the general pension scheme that manages the basic pension. Through its Research Department (Direction des Recherches sur le Vieillissement - DRV), it has adopted a strategically planned approach to ageing research (social sciences), running four main national research programmes in this field : 'Relations Between Generations', 'Old Age and Dependency', 'Ageing and Migration' and 'Technology and Ageing'. DRV is one of the very few research teams dedicated only to research on ageing.
Main research areas
Relations between generations: transmission between generations, family memory, social changes, social mobility, changes in gender and generational relationships, grandparenthood, financial transfers, family and solidarity between generations. The Three-Generations Programme began in 1990 and is continuing until 2004.
Old Age and Dependency: measurement of old age disability, professional support for the elderly, informal and family support and retirement homes for older people. The programme started before 1990 and ended in 2005.
Ageing and Migration: Ageing among ethnic groups, transmigration, remittances among migrants, transition to retirement, retirement projects among elderly migrants. The Ageing and Migration Programme began in 2001 and will continue until 2008.
Technology and Ageing: elderly users and the uses of techniques and technologies, intermediary services and organisations, the social representation of ageing in the design and provision of technology, indoor and outdoor mobility. This programme has been running for six years and is now achieved.