The book presents state of the art research on women’s current position in European labour markets. It combines analysis of the latest trends in employment, occupational segregation, working time, unpaid work, social provisions (especially care provisions) and the impact of the financial crisis, with overall assessment of the actual impact of the European Employment Strategy and the specific impact of key policies, such as taxation and flexicurity.

chapter 1|10 pages

A new vision for gender equality in Europe?

ByFrancesca Bettio, Janneke Plantenga, Mark Smith

part I|40 pages

The economics of gender equality

chapter 2|23 pages

Do we have a case for gender equality?

ByMark Smith, A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Francesca Bettio

chapter 3|15 pages

Measuring gender equality within the European Union

ByJanneke Plantenga, Chantal Remery

part II|82 pages

Care and work in Europe today

chapter 4|20 pages

Unpaid family work in Europe

Gender and country differences
ByFrancesca Francavilla, Gianna C. Giannelli, Lucia Mangiavacchi, Luca Piccoli

chapter 5|19 pages

Flexible working arrangements and gender equality

Categorising the European Member States
ByJanneke Plantenga, Chantal Remery

chapter 6|16 pages

Reconciliation of work and private life

ByJanneke Plantenga, Chantal Remery

chapter 7|25 pages

Affordability of care and quality of work

New trends in elderly care
ByAnnamaria Simonazzi, Sara Picchi

part III|109 pages


chapter 8|33 pages

The role of the EES in the promotion of gender equality in the labour market

A critical appraisal
ByPaola Villa

chapter 9|31 pages

Current tax-benefit systems in Europe

Are they fair to working women?
ByFrancesca Bettio, Alina Verashchagina

chapter 10|25 pages

Men and gender equality

Tackling gender segregation in family roles and in social care jobs
ByColette Fagan, Helen Norman

chapter 11|18 pages

Recession and recovery

Making gender equality part of the solution
ByMark Smith, Paola Villa