More than a Village

Eliminating motherhood penalties means rethinking how the cost of raising children is divided between men and women, their families, communities, employers and the state

by Irene Böckmann

Over the past few decades, things have gotten better. Men have considerably increased the time they spend on childcare and housework, and policymakers across Europe have recognized the value of helping parents reconcile work and care duties. But women still provide a disproportionate about of care work in European households—between 1.5 and 2.5 times as much as men. This affects women’s labour market opportunities, pensions and, ultimately, wellbeing over the life course. These are the motherhood penalties.

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That (demographic) ship has sailed

Even a 100% turnout by young Brits or lowering the voting age could not have prevented Brexit

by Harald Wilkoszewski

Britain’s generational divide was one of the first stories to come out of the UK’s historic referendum to leave the European Union. Within hours, news that more than two-thirds of voting 18 to 24-year-olds had cast their ballot in favour of staying in the EU rippled through the mediosphere, instantly igniting debates on generational privilege and responsibility.

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Migration: Freedom, Control, and Resilience

New blueprint for the EU freedom of movement

by Jakub Bijak

Full control over international migration is an illusion, not only in the context of large-scale refugee crises. There is large inertia in social, economic, political and legal processes underpinning migration, next to the vested interests of various actors, institutions, and sectors of the economy. That makes migration difficult to control in the short run, even if there is a will to do so.

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Mind the gap

Employment disparities leave ethnic minorities in the UK under-pensioned

by Athina Vlachantoni

It’s no secret that some societal inequalities are not, shall we say, fair. Just do the numbers. Systemic income disparities between ethnic groups are found in many countries. Women earn less money than men in all of them. Pension gaps are the cumulative consequence.

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Care up and down

Five takeaways from the Families and Societies European Policy Brief on intergenerational dependence

by Daniela Vono de Vilhena

Whether we are sandwiched or stretched in mid-life is a matter of metaphorical consistency. How we care for our grandparents, parents and children is a matter of policy that affects just about everyone.

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