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CEPAR researchers have compared in a world-first study the life expectancy of elite chess players with that of the general population and Olympic athletes using advanced statistical methods. The study found that top chess players live up to 14 years longer than the general population.

Chess Players

CEPAR researchers Professor Philip Clarke and Dr An Tran-Duy, in collaboration with Dr David Smerdon, compared elite chess players with Olympic medallists to determine whether it’s your mind or muscle that best predicts how long you will live. They discuss the results of their study in this Conversation article.

James Nazroo

James Nazroo, CEPAR Partner Investigator and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester argues that more needs to be done to avoid inequalities affecting people in later life.

BusinessThink Federal Budget

CEPAR Director John Piggott joined a panel of UNSW Business School experts that assessed the 2018 federal budget - the major items and the details. The roundtable discussion was streamed live, and is available for viewing now.


Is growing old, as we are often told, about ignoring ageing altogether and living life to the fullest? In an opinion piece published in Canberra Times, CEPAR researcher Neil Jeyasingham discusses the challenge of how to grow old.

Federal Budget

On 9 May, CEPAR Director John Piggott joins other experts from the UNSW Australian Business School to analyse the 2018 Federal Budget in a live-streamed roundtable discussion.

Federal Budget

CEPAR Chief Investigator Professor Warwick McKibbin presented a Pre-Budget Seminar talk on 'Risks and Policy Challenges in the Global Economy to 2030' at the Parliament of Australia. 


An equitable healthcare system, where each patient receives equal treatment regardless of socio-economic status is an important public policy goal. A key question is whether market-based reforms aimed at increasing efficiency have had adverse consequences for equity.

Han Li and Katja Hanewald

Two CEPAR researchers have been awarded a grant by the Society of Actuaries to conduct research on occupation-specific life tables in China.