News from FamiliesAndSocieties Project

The think tank of FamiliesAndSocieties Project has presented new working papers and articles about family and social changes in Europe, all of them available on the official project’s website. For families two of the working papers might me especially interesting.

First working paper is titled: “Children who do not attend day care: What are the implications for educational outcomes?”. The authors make a question: Should one of the parents (and which one) stay at home to take care of the child or should there be some other child care arrangements involving substitute care-givers? This study asks how Finnish six-year-olds with younger sibling(s) who stay at home perform in school when compared with children attending public day care. The researchers utilized birth cohort 1987 (N=7910) data. 

“Changing families in the European Union: trends and policy implications” is the topic of the second working paper written by the Project Coordinator, Livia Olah. In her analysis, Olah discusses changes in family patterns in the European Union over the past fifty years and the policy implications of these trends. First, she addresses regional developments in family formation, with respect to childbearing- and partnership patterns, and how these changes affect household structures in different European countries. Thereafter, the analysis turns its attention to socio-economic trends, focusing especially on changes in women’s labour force participation. The linkages between these trends and the new family patterns have been shown, followed by a discussion on policies, mainly at the EU-level. In the brief conclusion the paper summarizes the main policy challenges ahead. Throughout, the study relies on data from the Eurostat Database, Eurobarometer, OECD Labour Force Statistics and the OECD Family Database.

All working papers published so far can be found here.

The articles are available here.