Cassandra Simmons

European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

Cassandra Simmons

An economist by training, the drive behind my work has been to contribute to the sustainable and equitable design of health and care systems and to reducing barriers to care through research and policy, particularly in light of population ageing and fiscal sustainability concerns. My background includes 4 years of experience in health and LTC comparative research and policy, as well as quantitative data analysis, primarily through my current role as a Health Policy Researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.


Countries Austria;
Topics Care inequalities; Care work and migration; Economics of LTC; Financing LTC; Gender and care; LTC Policy; LTC Workforce; Quality and accreditation for LTC services; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Economics of Long-Term Care; Employment Education and Family carers; Quasi-experimental methods;
Other 1;
Research interests

My fields of interest include the design of health and long-term care (LTC) systems, with a particular focus on the financing of these systems, working conditions of the care workforce, quality of care provided, inequalities in health and care, and informal caregiving.

Key publications

Rodrigues, R., Rehnberg, J., Simmons, C., Ilinca, S., Zólyomi, E., Vafaei, A., Kadi, S., Jull, J., Phillips, S., & Fors, S. (2023). Cohort trajectories by age and gender for informal caregiving in Europe adjusted for socio-demographic changes, 2004 and 2015. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences, gbad011.

Rodrigues, R., Simmons, C., Premrov, T., Böhler, C. & Leichsenring, K. (2022). From each according to means, to each according to needs? Distributional effects of abolishing asset-based payments for residential care in Austria. International Journal for Equity in Health 21, 39.

Simmons, C., Rodrigues, R., & Szebehely, M. (2021). Working conditions in the long-term care sector: A comparative study of migrant and native workers in Austria and Sweden. Health & Social Care in the Community, 00, 1-12.

Rodrigues, R., Simmons, C., Schmidt, A.E., & Steiber, N. (2021). Care in times of COVID-19: The impact of the pandemic on informal caregiving in Austria. European Journal of Aging 18, 195-205.