How are household chores divided in female breadwinner couples?

Article

How are household chores divided in female breadwinner couples?

December 2018

Social Inclusion
Joan Garcia Román, Centre for Demographic Studies (UAB);"la Caixa” Social Observatory Award for the best article in the field of Social Inclusion

When the number of female breadwinner couples increases, the division of household chores should be more equitable. Is this really true or do women continue to shoulder a greater workload?

“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”

Interview

“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”

November 2018

Culture
Françoise Benhamou, professor of Economics of the University of Paris-13, and specialist in the field of the economics of culture

How can the cultural consumption of the new generations, particularly that of families with lower educational levels, be increased? Françoise Benhamou provides some key points in this interview.  

“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”

Interview

“There is no real evidence to say this will be the first generation not to reach the standard of living of its parents”

November 2018

Social Inclusion Education
Robert Erikson, researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and professor at Stockholm University

Does education really remove social barriers? Robert Erikson analyses the degree of social mobility in advanced democracies.

Economic and material wellbeing

Report

Economic and material wellbeing

October 2018

Social Inclusion
Luis Ayala Cañón, Rosa Martínez López, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and EQUALITAS;Olga Cantó Sánchez, Marina Romaguera de la Cruz, Universidad de Alcalá and EQUALITAS;Carolina Navarro Ruiz, UNED and EQUALITAS

Any household must face up to three challenges: having a sufficient income, maintaining a financial balance and avoiding situations of poverty. This report analyses the social needs linked to material living conditions.

Cities, pollution and climate change: to what extent can green infrastructure help?

Article

Cities, pollution and climate change: to what extent can green infrastructure help?

October 2018

Science
Francesc Baró, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB);"la Caixa” Social Observatory Award for the best article in the field of Science

Could we convert cities into healthy places to live? This article analyses to what point so-called “green infrastructures” can offset carbon emissions and decrease air pollution in the city.

Ageing in rural areas: an opportunity to change gender relations?

Article

Ageing in rural areas: an opportunity to change gender relations?

October 2018

Social Inclusion
Begoña Elizalde-San Miguel, Public University of Navarra

Ageing and the care of elderly people in rural areas pose a challenge and an opportunity for change: with an ever older and increasingly male population, men will have to become more involved in the caregiver role, traditionally associated with women.

“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”

Interview

“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”

October 2018

Culture Education
José van Dijck, professor of the University of Utrecht. Her research area is media studies and communication

José van Dijck reflects on how the major internet platforms are determining how we communicate, buy, and even how we behave.  

Employment in Spain: still a long way off from the knowledge society

Article

Employment in Spain: still a long way off from the knowledge society

September 2018

Social Inclusion
Ramón Alós Moner, Centre for Sociological Studies on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) and Institute of Work Studies (IET), of the Autonomous University of Barcelona

A predominance of low-added value employment, lack of investment in innovation and precarious conditions for workers are distancing Spain from the knowledge economy. How can this situation be corrected?

Public and private universities: evolution of productivity and impact of the crisis

Article

Public and private universities: evolution of productivity and impact of the crisis

August 2018

Education
Eva M. de la Torre García, Autonomous University of Madrid;"la Caixa” Social Observatory Award for the best article in the field of Education

How has the economic crisis affected the productivity of universities? This article explains how public centres have reorganised their resources better than private centres and have shown greater efficiency.

Economic crisis and social classes: everyone loses out, especially poorer people

Article

Economic crisis and social classes: everyone loses out, especially poorer people

July 2018

Social Inclusion
Olga Salido, senior lecturer in Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid

Although the economic crisis has produced a generalised impoverishment of the different population segments in our country, the impact has been much greater among the poorer classes.

The new carers

Article

The new carers

May 2018

Social Inclusion
Antonio Abellán, Alba Ayala and Julio Pérez, CSIC. CCHS;Rogelio Pujol, INE;Gerdt Sundström, Jönköping University;Adaptation: María Ramos, post-doctoral researcher at the Carlos III University of Madrid

Who cares for the carers? This article by the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” explains the changes that have taken place in the figure of the carer and also the importance of carers receiving care too.

Elderly People’s Programme

Best practices

Elderly People’s Programme

May 2018

Social Inclusion
Matia Instituto Gerontológico

A programme that contributes to improving quality of life for elderly people and that reinforces their autonomy and social participation, above all in situations of vulnerability.

“Reablement is a new way of working, with the aim of improving elderly people’s independence.”

Interview

“Reablement is a new way of working, with the aim of improving elderly people’s independence.”

May 2018

Social Inclusion
Tine Rostgaard, Lecturer on Citizenship and Elderly People, Department of Political Science, University of Aalborg (Denmark)

Tine Rostgaard, a lecturer in Citizenship and Elderly People in Denmark, introduces in this interview the concept of reablement and explains how work is being done in other countries to stimulate the elderly people’s independence.

Growing numbers of elderly women will live alone: how should we respond?

Article

Growing numbers of elderly women will live alone: how should we respond?

May 2018

Social Inclusion
David Reher, chair professor of Sociology, Complutense University of Madrid;Miguel Requena, chair professor of Sociology, UNED;Adaptation: María Ramos, post-doctoral researcher at the Carlos III University of Madrid

Why is the number of elderly women who live alone continually increasing? The Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” studies the causes of this phenomenon, which has important implications in the design of welfare policies.

Ageing in place: where is best? Village or city?

Article

Ageing in place: where is best? Village or city?

May 2018

Social Inclusion
Irene Lebrusán Murillo, asociated lecturer in Carlos III University of Madrid

The house we live in is closely related with our quality of life and health, especially during old age. In turn, the quality of our home will depend on the municipality in which it is located. At this intersection, we tackle the question of whether it is better to grow old in a village or a city.

Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members

Infodata

Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members

May 2018

Social Inclusion

How do elderly people contribute to intergenerational care? In 2016, some 35% of elderly people in our country regularly took charge of caring for their grandchildren.

Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

Infodata

Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

May 2018

Social Inclusion

Over the course of the last decade, the number of elderly people who make use of new technologies has not ceased to grow. By 2017, some 28% were sending messages via electronic means.

Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship

Infodata

Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship

May 2018

Social Inclusion

To what point do elderly people participate in political activities? Some 6.5% of men and 4.3% of women aged between 65 and 74 years in our country participate actively in politics.

Relations with family, relatives and friends

Infodata

Relations with family, relatives and friends

May 2018

Social Inclusion

With what frequency do elderly people meet with their families? In our country, the minimum weekly frequency amply exceeds the European average for both sexes.

Active Ageing Index

Infodata

Active Ageing Index

May 2018

Social Inclusion

This indicator measures the level of independence in elderly people; this is based on variables such as occupation, social participation, independent living and the capacity for healthy ageing.

Dependence for personal care

Infodata

Dependence for personal care

May 2018

Social Inclusion

How many people aged over 65 years have difficulties in performing some of the basic activities of everyday life? In our country, 33% of people aged over 65 years have problems washing themselves independently.

Economic dependency of the elderly population with respect to the younger generations

Infodata

Economic dependency of the elderly population with respect to the younger generations

May 2018

Social Inclusion

By 2030, for every 100 people of working age there will be 40 who are economically dependent or at an inactive age. Will this proportion increase with time?

The economic position of elderly people

Infodata

The economic position of elderly people

May 2018

Social Inclusion

Are there differences between the percentage of men and women aged over 60 years that are at risk of poverty? In Spain gender differences in the poverty risk rate among people aged over 60 years have practically disappeared.

Public investment in elderly people

Infodata

Public investment in elderly people

May 2018

Social Inclusion

What percentage of public spending is allocated to elderly people? The tendency in European countries has been to increase the weight of the resources allocated to this group.

In what type of households do elderly people live?

Infodata

In what type of households do elderly people live?

May 2018

Social Inclusion

What are the most common living arrangements for elderly people? In Spain, the percentage of those living alone or with their partner is lower in comparison with our peer countries.

Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?

Infodata

Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?

May 2018

Social Inclusion

From the age of 65 years onwards, men live healthily for a longer time than women do. What is happening in our peer countries?

Ageing and care. How will we live and care for ourselves when we get old?

Dossier

Ageing and care. How will we live and care for ourselves when we get old?

May 2018

Social Inclusion

The fifth Dossier of the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” defines the challenges raised by the growing increase in the elderly population in welfare states. This issue evaluates elderly people’s contribution to society and reflects on the evolution of quality of life for this collective. 

How does social vulnerability affect childhood health?

Article

How does social vulnerability affect childhood health?

April 2018

Social Inclusion
Isabel Iguacel Azorín and Luis Alberto Moreno Aznar, GENUD group of the University of Zaragoza

What factors affect children’s health? At the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" we analyse how different vulnerabilities affect the physical and mental health of little ones.

“Regulating the work of undocumented immigrants in the care sector is a priority”

Interview

“Regulating the work of undocumented immigrants in the care sector is a priority”

April 2018

Social Inclusion
Giovanni Lamura, Researcher at the National Institute on Health and Science of Ageing (INRCA) in Ancona, Italy

Giovanni Lamura, senior researcher at Italy’s National Institute on Health and Science of Ageing (INRCA), shares with the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” an analysis on the current situation of dependency care systems and the challenges they will have to face in the future.

«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»

Interview

«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»

March 2018

Science
María Blasco, Director of the National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO)

María Blasco, director of Spain's National Centre for Oncological Research,  shares with the  Social Observatory of "la Caixa" her view on how to extend healthy life years and the possible consequences in society.

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