Closing the Gender Gap/OECD
gaps are pervasive in all walks of economic life and imply large losses in
terms of foregone productivity and living standards to the individuals
concerned and the economy. Key messages:
- Greater gender
equality in educational attainment has a strong positive effect on
- Stereotyping needs to
be addressed in educational choices at school from a young age.
- Good and affordable
childcare is a key factor for better gender equality in employment. But
change also has to happen at home as the bulk of housework and caring is
left to women in many countries. Policy can support such change, for
example, through parental leave policies that explicitly include fathers.
European Quality of Life Survey 2012/Eurofound
in key public institutions, governments and parliaments has fallen over the
past five years, with the largest declines obvious in those countries facing
the most serious economic difficulties, such as Spain and Greece.
of over 20% in levels of optimism and happiness are reported in some countries
across the EU and over a third of people indicate deterioration in their
financial situation over the past five years. These results largely reflect -
with some interesting exceptions - the economic reality, with highest optimism
levels reported in Denmark, Sweden and lowest levels in Greece, Italy, and
overview report examines a range of issues such as employment, income, housing
and living conditions, family, health, work-life balance, life satisfaction and
perceived quality of society.
Published on 24 Nov 2011
Updated on 29 Jan 2013