Household budget allocated to housing

Infodata

Household budget allocated to housing

June 2019

Social Inclusion

What budget do we assign to housing-related costs? In proportion, which households pay most: rich or poor?

Difficulties in access to housing

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Difficulties in access to housing

June 2019

Social Inclusion

In 2017, some 42.1% of people devoted more than 40% of their disposable income to paying the rent. What does this mean in the European context?

Public investment in housing

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Public investment in housing

June 2019

Social Inclusion

In 2015, the percentage of social rental houses in Spain stood at 2.5%, which is very low. Which EU countries have the largest volume of social housing?

In what types of housing does the Spanish population live?

Infodata

In what types of housing does the Spanish population live?

June 2019

Social Inclusion

Some 45.6% of the population lives in a flat in a building with more than 10 homes. Is this the same in the rest of Europe?

Dimensions of households

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Dimensions of households

June 2019

Social Inclusion

In 2017, 21.8% of Spanish households were formed by childless couples. Which model is predominant in Europe?

How do young people access housing?

Article

How do young people access housing?

June 2019

Social Inclusion
Aitana Alguacil Denche, sociologist;Adapted by Núria Vallès-Peris

We evaluate the difficulties faced by young people in accessing an own home and what demographic effects this situation has.

Does more renting mean greater insecurity?

Article

Does more renting mean greater insecurity?

June 2019

Social Inclusion
Juan A. Módenes, Centre for Demographic Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona;Adaptation: Núria Vallès Peris

Access to housing through renting is increasing in Spain although it is the least secure form of housing tenure on an economic, contractual and legal basis. We analyse which groups are the most affected.

Call to incentivise the dissemination of research in the Social Sciences

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Call to incentivise the dissemination of research in the Social Sciences

June 2019

La convocatoria ha estado abierta a  propuestas para desarrollar narrativas infográficas que arrojen luz sobre la realidad social española, mediante la visualización de datos cuantitativos procedentes de investigaciones originales en ciencias sociales.

Housing: right or commodity?

Dossier

Housing: right or commodity?

June 2019

Social Inclusion

The seventh Dossier from the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” focuses on the residential insecurity faced by society’s most vulnerable groups, and access to housing for young people.

“Living in a bad neighbourhood and poor-quality housing makes progress very difficult”

Interview

“Living in a bad neighbourhood and poor-quality housing makes progress very difficult”

June 2019

Social Inclusion
Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe

Poor housing conditions have repercussions on the health and progress of citizens. Sorcha Edwards, secretary general of Housing Europe, talks to us about the relationship between housing and social inclusion.

Housing: from fundamental principles to policies

Review

Housing: from fundamental principles to policies

June 2019

Social Inclusion
Monstserrat Pareja-Eastaway, director of the Master’s Degree in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona

What is the role of the public sector in access to housing? Can public policies act as a counterweight to the market? These two books examine the question from the European and United States viewpoint.

Labour market

Report

Labour market

June 2019

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

A country’s development depends on access to employment with adequate conditions and sufficient remuneration to cover the needs of each household. This report analyses the social needs linked to the labour market.

"la Caixa" Foundation's Affordable Rental Programme

Best practices

"la Caixa" Foundation's Affordable Rental Programme

June 2019

Social Inclusion

A programme that offers quality housing for the most vulnerable groups: young people, families and elderly people.

Child material deprivation in single-parent households in Spain:

Article

Child material deprivation in single-parent households in Spain:

May 2019

Social Inclusion
Almudena Moreno, Valladolid University;Diego Dueñas, Valladolid and Alcalá Universities

Diet, leisure, housing conditions… do children who live in single-parent households suffer greater material deprivation? We analyse what influence income level and gender have.    

Social Research Call 2019

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Social Research Call 2019

May 2019

The Social Observatory of  ”la Caixa” is launching a new open competitive call to fund excellent, innovative and socially-oriented research projects.

The labour market’s role in increasing inequalities during the economic crisis

Article

The labour market’s role in increasing inequalities during the economic crisis

April 2019

Social Inclusion
Albert Recio Andreu, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Does the phenomenon of the "working poor" spread? Among other effects of the economic crisis, temporary and part-time jobs have increased and wages have been reduced.

Parental involvement in education: a tool for change

Article

Parental involvement in education: a tool for change

April 2019

Education
Rubén Fernández Alonso, Universidad de Oviedo;Marcelino Cuesta, Universidad de Oviedo;Pamela Woitschach, Universidad de Oviedo;Marcos Álvarez-Díaz, Ministry of Education and Science of the Principality of Asturias

Can the positive effects of parental involvement in education be extended to  schools? We analyse the outcomes of schools according to the types of families of the pupils that attend them.  

Participate or win? Women, men and competitiveness

Article

Participate or win? Women, men and competitiveness

April 2019

Social Inclusion
Pedro Rey Biel, Ramón y Cajal Researcher at ESADE-Universitat Ramon Llull;Nagore Iriberri, Ikerbasque Research Professor at Universidad del País Vasco

Are women worse at competing? This article shows that factors exist, of a cultural nature, that can explain part of the discrimination that women suffer in the jobs market.   

Are immigrants more ambitious than their non-migrant compatriots?

Article

Are immigrants more ambitious than their non-migrant compatriots?

April 2019

Social Inclusion
Javier G. Polavieja, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid;María Ramos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid;Mariña Fernández-Reino, migration Observatory (Oxford)

Does emigration always bring with it a dose of ambition? We analyse whether immigrants are more oriented toward success, risk, and money than their non-migrant compatriots.

Do we take the medication that doctors prescribe for us?

Article

Do we take the medication that doctors prescribe for us?

March 2019

Science
Ignacio Aznar Lou, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu;María Rubio Valera, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu

Not following the treatments prescribed in primary healthcare has an economic impact, due to higher probabilities of absence from work and of the use of emergency healthcare services. We analyse this situation.

In their own home, with family, or in residential care:

Article

In their own home, with family, or in residential care:

March 2019

Social Inclusion
Celia Fernández Carro, Department of Sociology III, National University of Distance Education (UNED)

Where and by whom do we prefer to be cared for when facing dependency? We analyse the role of the family and of public and private services as care providers.  

Do women have fewer opportunities to be hired?

Article

Do women have fewer opportunities to be hired?

March 2019

Social Inclusion
Clara Cortina, M. José González and Jorge Rodríguez, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

An experiment in gender discrimination confirms that, under equal conditions, women have 30% fewer probabilities of being invited to a job interview.

What measures can help to balance work and family?

Article

What measures can help to balance work and family?

March 2019

Social Inclusion
Andrea Ollo López, Public University of Navarre;Salomé Goñi Legaz, Public University of Navarre

In which European countries is the work-family conflict greatest? What measures for reconciliation are most popular among men and women? We analyse company policies and satisfaction among families.

The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

Article

The new generation of digital technologies in Spain

February 2019

Josep Lladós, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Will new-generation technologies substitute the most routine jobs? Discover the impact of automation on the world of work. 

Women live more years, but not always with health and happiness

Article

Women live more years, but not always with health and happiness

February 2019

Social Inclusion Science
Aïda Solé-Auró, Pompeu Fabra University

Is living longer synonymous with good health? The following study compares, within the European context, life expectancy and happiness among men and women.

The arts and the advancement of the economy and society

Review

The arts and the advancement of the economy and society

February 2019

Culture
David Throsby, Professor of Economics, Macquarie University, Australia

What relationship exists between art and economics? We present two books that study the importance of creativity and innovation in the arts, as well as how art contributes to economic development.  

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Lorem Ipsum

February 2019

“More must be done to ensure that the investment that we are making in research is really delivering what we need”

Interview

“More must be done to ensure that the investment that we are making in research is really delivering what we need”

February 2019

Science
James Wilsdon, professor of research policy at the University of Sheffield

How should the social impact of research be measured? James Wilsdon, professor at the University of Sheffield, talks to  us about the need for “responsible metrics”. 

The risks to babies’ health posed by planned early delivery for non-medical reasons

Article

The risks to babies’ health posed by planned early delivery for non-medical reasons

January 2019

Science
Cristina Borra, Universidad de Sevilla;Libertad González, Universitat Pompeu Fabra;Almudena Sevilla, University College London

Planned early delivery for non-medical reasons may have negative consequences for babies’ health. The cancellation of Spain’s “baby cheque” made it possible to investigate the impact of this practice on infant health.     

"When at-risk youths come into contact with the arts, their academic achievement and their civic and social engagement improve"

Interview

"When at-risk youths come into contact with the arts, their academic achievement and their civic and social engagement improve"

January 2019

Culture
Sunil Iyengar, Office of Research & Analysis Director at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

To what point does art contribute to social integration? Talking about access to culture under conditions of equality with Sunil Iyengar.

Training for employed people: the need for expansion and improvement

Article

Training for employed people: the need for expansion and improvement

January 2019

Education
Andreu Lope, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Training workers is vital for improving their employability. However, since the economic crisis, investment in training has fallen by 50% in Spain and social agents barely participate in the definition of continuous training actions.  

Inequality: The Costs to Families

Review

Inequality: The Costs to Families

December 2018

Social Inclusion
Frances Goldscheider, University Professor of Sociology, emerita, Brown University

How do economic problems affect family stability? The books reviewed tackle changes in gender roles at work and the instability generated by socioeconomic inequality.

Learning together, growing as a family

Best practices

Learning together, growing as a family

December 2018

Social Inclusion
Nuria Fuentes-Peláez and Ainoa Mateos, coordinators, Faculty of Education, University of Barcelona

A psychoeducational programme from a positive parenting perspective to promote, among others, affective bonds and educational relationships within the family setting.

Families and Child Welfare

Dossier

Families and Child Welfare

December 2018

Social Inclusion

The 6th Dossier of the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” aims to provide elements for reflection on the diversity of family models in Spain and on how these can condition child welfare.

“When grandparents contribute to childcare, the birth rate increases”

Interview

“When grandparents contribute to childcare, the birth rate increases”

December 2018

Social Inclusion
Aart Liefbroer, sociologist and researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute

Do we reproduce the behaviour of our parents? Aart Liefbroer talks to us about the intergenerational transmission of demographic behaviour.

Which family factors affect children’s development at school?

Article

Which family factors affect children’s development at school?

December 2018

Social Inclusion
Diederik Boertien, Centre for Demographic Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Spanish families changed significantly in the last two decades. To what point do socioeconomic factors or family structure influence children’s progress at school?

Barriers to cultural participation according to household type

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Barriers to cultural participation according to household type

December 2018

Social Inclusion

16.5% of families with children in the home cannot afford to enjoy cultural activities, a percentage that increases to 20.3% in the case of single-parent households. 

Participation in cultural activities

Infodata

Participation in cultural activities

December 2018

Social Inclusion

Do families with children attend cultural activities more  often? This indicator shows the percentage of cultural participation according to household type. 

Are families with children in the household happier?

Infodata

Are families with children in the household happier?

December 2018

Social Inclusion

Which homes are the happiest? Families with children state that they are happier than those without children to look after.

Concentration of low-intensity employment in single-parent households.

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Concentration of low-intensity employment in single-parent households.

December 2018

Social Inclusion

The highest percentage of households with very low employment intensity stands at 24.6% and corresponds to single-parent households. What happens with other households?

Difficulties of families related with housing

Infodata

Difficulties of families related with housing

December 2018

Social Inclusion

54.5% of single-parent households have no capacity to tackle unforeseen expenses. What type of material shortages do other households have? 

What type of housing do Spanish families live in?

Infodata

What type of housing do Spanish families live in?

December 2018

Social Inclusion

80.1% of households with two adults and no children live in an owned home. In the case of single-parent households, this percentage falls to 65%.

Situation of households and performance of students

Infodata

Situation of households and performance of students

December 2018

Social Inclusion

We analyse the difference between the average scores in reading and mathematics for pupils according to their family income levels. Are we above or below neighbouring countries?

What are the main reasons that make access to services provided by nurseries difficult?

Infodata

What are the main reasons that make access to services provided by nurseries difficult?

December 2018

Social Inclusion

Economic reasons, availability of places, distance, timetable flexibility, etc. What factors determine access to nurseries?

Can families afford access to childcare services?

Infodata

Can families afford access to childcare services?

December 2018

Social Inclusion

32.5% of Spanish single-parent families say that they have significant difficulties in paying for childcare services. Do households with two adults have easier access to these services?

Households at risk of poverty and social exclusion

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Households at risk of poverty and social exclusion

December 2018

Social Inclusion

Is there a greater risk of poverty and social exclusion among single-parent households? 48% of such homes suffered  economic difficulties in Spain in 2017.

How are our households made up?

Infodata

How are our households made up?

December 2018

Social Inclusion

25.6% of Spanish households were made up of one adult without children in 2017. Which family model is predominant in the rest of Europe? 

Socioeconomic Inequalities and Academic Achievement in Spain

Article

Socioeconomic Inequalities and Academic Achievement in Spain

December 2018

Education Social Inclusion
Álvaro Borja Choi de Mendizábal, Associate Professor in Economics, University of Barcelona

How does socioeconomic inequality affect the academic progress of students? Using recent data we analyse the case of Spain and how it compares with the rest of Europe.  

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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