Arxiu de la categoria: Women & Youth

Young and Social Investment. The paradox of Italy

One of the principle of Social Investment lies in the promotion of the educational level of the young, in the assumption that having more education will help in access more good jobs. But what happen when the good jobs are scarcely available for the deficiencies of the labour demand? This is the question behind the chapter “The Social Investment challenge and young Italians”, published in the book Italian Youth in International Context. Belonging, Constraints and Opportunities, Routledge 2019. Continua llegint

CfP The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe

I am so happy to announce the Call for Papers of the new Research Topic published in Frontiers in Sociology. The CfP is entitled “The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe” and it is coedited with Christiana Ierodiakonou, from the University of Cyprus.

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New article online on VINE

In the last week, the Italian online observatory on social policies has published an article on mine, based on the results of the VINe project. The article (in Italian) is entitled “Part-time involontario nel Sud Europa. Una nuova forma di precarietà per le donne?” and it resumes the main results published in the chapter written with M. Leon, published in “Part-Time Work, the new normal?” edited by H. Nicolaisen, H. C. Kavli and R. Steen Jensen for Policy Press.

Enjoy it!

About Part-Time Work in Italy and Spain

It is finally out the book “Dualisation of Part-Time Work. The development of labour market insiders and outsiders”, edited by Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne C. Kavli and Ragnhild S. Jensen. In this book you will find a chapter written by Margarita León and me about part-time work in Italy and Spain. The book is edited by Policy Press and it is also available in digital formats.

This is the wonderful forefront!

In the chapter, we analyze the growth of “bad” part-time suffered during the year of crisis in South Europe and we apply an intersectional approach to see how distinct groups of women suffer from deteriorating conditions when employed part-time. One of the most important results is that indeed some groups of women (i.e. high-educated young women without children) are in the majority involuntarily employed part-time, up to 90% of total part-timers.

It has been a great honor to be part of this project thanks to the my MSCA project VINE and sharing the same book with scholars like Heejung Chung, Arne Kalleberg, Mara Yerkes and Birgit Pfau-Effinger. Definitely, a dream coming truth!

The VINE Lab

Welcome to the VINE lab!

Wednesday, June 19th I held the VINE lab hosted by the IGOP Summer School “Desigualtat i Barri. Com fer-hi front?”. During this event, we gathered policymakers, social workers, students and researchers to discuss the results produced by the MSCA project VINE. Goal of the day was to produce a series of recommendations that could face the phenomenon of involuntary part-time among women in Southern Europe.

Thanks to the wonderful discussion and the committment of the participants we were able to offer three main interventions, fighting against the occupational segregation, offering virtuous models that can reduce the amount of involuntary part-time among women and offering policy alternatives to decommodify labour. Soon, we will make available on this website the resulted policy recommendations.

A moment during the discussion at the IGOP Summer School.

Work is a gender issue

I have been invited by the Huffington Post to give a comment on the recent change in family policy by the Italian government. In fact, the new populist government has decided to cut a cash transfer to families that opt for renouncing to the non-compulsory parental leave.

In the post, I raise the economic underpinnings of this choice, as women’s employment also affects the economic growth in general. In fact, if not for equality issue, favouring the participation of women to labour market is a matter of competitivity. My comments stem from the preliminary results of the VINE project.

Speaking about Social Investment and Young in Italy.

Last Wednesday April 10th, 2019, I was happy to participate in the open debates for Critical Thinking at the Università Pompeu Fabra, de Barcelona. I was invited to discuss a coming soon chapter on Social Investment and Young in Italy, which will be soon published by Routledge. Great discussion indeed!

The chapter analyze the social and economic condition of young in Italy, putting in evidence their disadvantaged labour market integration. The second part of the analysis takes in account two of the main policies proposed for facing this phenomenon (apprenticeship in higher education and youth guarantee).

The results show that more than a supply-side driven problem, the problem of young Italians lies in a weak demand for high-skilled workers, a scarce interest in investing in Human Resources and an institutional system which is not able to favor a smooth transition to the labour market.