"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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February 2019

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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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.

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