Index of Innovation in the European Union (2015)
The European innovation scoreboard offers a comparative evaluation based on eight innovation dimensions: the so-called “enablers” (human resources research systems and finance and support); the “firm activities” (firm investments linkages and entrepreneurship and intellectual assets); and the “outputs” (innovators and economic effects).
Long-Term Care following the Great Recession in European countries
Economic crises bring with them numerous political decisions that affect healthcare systems. In this article by the Social Observatory of “la Caixa”, we analyse the effects of the crisis on the reform of the long-term care system in European countries.
Employment situation and family background in Europe during the crisis: we are not all equal
What is the relationship between social background and quality of employment? We analyse whether, independently of education, family background is a conditioning factor in finding a good job and whether the crisis has influenced this situation.
Women and men, consumption and production over the life course. An unequal relationship
A large difference exists between the productive activity of men and women, especially when the latter are mothers and devote considerable time to managing the household and caring for children and dependent elders.
Comparative Evolution of Child, Youth and Elderly Poverty in Europe
Has the protection of children and young people decreased over the last decade? In many European countries the child poverty rate is higher than the poverty rate among people aged over 64 years. This divergence is especially pronounced in Spain.
The challenge for the Youth Guarantee
Numerous diagnoses exist relating to the increase in youth unemployment caused by the economic crisis. The article reflects on the effectiveness of policies generated according to these diagnoses and, especially, on the European Recommendation of the Youth Guarantee.
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