Impacts of the Economic Crisis on Gender and Class Inequalities in Europe

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 5:30 PM
Room: 413
Oral Presentation
Analia TORRES , ISCSP-Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Rui BRITES , CIES-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
The presentation aims to understand to what extent the present crisis increases gender and class inequalities and subjective well being in Europe.

In periods of rising unemployment and reduced disposable income it is clearly relevant to assess their differential impact on gender and class relations.

Evidence will mainly be collected from the different rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS - 2002; 2004; 2006; 2008; 2010 and 2012). Other sources will also be used such as official information of GDP, Unemployment rates, Gini Indexes per country, Human Development Index (HDI), Gender Development Index (GDI) and Gender Empowerment Measurement (GEM), in order to “quantify” the effects of the crisis, comparing rescued and non-rescued European countries, the last ones being submitted for long to severe austerity policies.

Differences and inequalities between women and men should be accounted for, among other evidences, in social values types and loads of paid and unpaid work and in levels of life and work satisfaction.