The Future of European Labour Supply:The Critical Role of the Family

Posted: 16 Jan 2008

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Jill Rubery

University of Manchester - European Work and Employment Research Centre (EWERC)

Mark J. Smith

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Dominique Anxo

Department of Economics and Statistics, Linnaeus University

Lennart Flood

Goeteborg University - School of Business, Economics and Law; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The European employment strategy initiated in 1997 is critically dependent upon the further integration of women into the labor market. The European Union has set a specific target employment rate for women of 60 percent by 2010 and is also committed to providing more and better child care facilities.

This gender focus is reinforced by the requirement for gender mainstreaming in all aspects of European employment policy. There is an implied Europewide, universal policy of encouraging female labor-market participation and reducing the care work performed by domestic labor. However, the European Commission continues to have limited competence in areas of family, social, and welfare policy. As a result, these common employment objectives for women are thus being pursued against a background of quite different systems of social, family, welfare, and indeed labor-market organization. These systems have different economic and employment implications, such that the outcomes of the common European employment strategy will also be highly variable.

Keywords: Gender, family, employment, Europe, policy, labor supply

Suggested Citation

Rubery, Jill and Smith, Mark Jonathan and Anxo, Dominique and Flood, Lennart, The Future of European Labour Supply:The Critical Role of the Family. Feminist Economics, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1083366

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