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GGP At A Glance No. 40 / June 2018

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The increase in female labour force participation and dual-earner couples has initiated a continuing discussion in Europe about ways in which families can be helped in combining work and family responsibilities. Uptake of maternity leave and access to high-quality and affordable child care can help families – and women in particular – to combine parenthood and career aspirations. Generally, less attention is paid to care responsibilities for elderly parents. Figure 1 shows that among parents with children younger than 14 living in the household, about 3% has to combine this task with taking care of their parents(-in-law) on a regular basis. Responsibility for (elderly) parents disproportionally falls into the hands of people aged 40-59. Combining care-responsibilities may pose a burden, especially on dual-earner families. Data of the Generations & Gender Programme can help to identify groups in need for support, thereby directing policy development in this area.

Care responsibilities for (elderly) parents among parents with young children in Europe

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GGP At A Glance No. 40 / June 2018

The increase in female labour force participation and dual-earner couples has initiated a continuing discussion in Europe about ways in which families can be helped in combining work and family responsibilities. Uptake of maternity leave and access to high-quality and affordable child care can help families – and women in particular – to combine parenthood […]

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GGP At A Glance No. 39 / April 2018

Young adults who are not employed nor in education or training (NEET) are a continuing concern for European policy makers because of their higher risks of social exclusion and poverty. The graph below shows the level of life satisfaction for young men and women aged 18-29 years old for two categories: (1) employed or in […]

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GGP At a Glance No. 38 / February 2018

Even though the mean age at childbirth has increased in all countries in the recent decades, a non-negligible proportion of women still give birth at a very early age. The graph below shows the percentage of women of three different cohorts who have given birth before the age of 20. The data reveal a sharp […]

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