Immigration, elderly care and labour-force participation: Can immigration help women retire later?

Giovanni Peri, Agnese Romiti, Mariacristina Rossi 08 September 2013

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During the last decade immigrants have increased their presence in the labour force of many rich countries. In several of those countries manually intensive occupations, such as those in the household service sector, have employed many of them. Particularly in Italy, immigrants have disproportionately staffed the long-term care sector for elderly people. The demand from that sector has grown substantially due to the needs of an ageing population. In a recent study (Peri, Romiti and Rossi, 2013) we analyse how immigrants have replaced women in caring for older family members.

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Topics:  Gender Labour markets

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The long-run gains of not mixing genders in high-school classes

Massimo Anelli, Giovanni Peri 23 February 2013

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Gender gap in college majors and earnings

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Topics:  Education Gender Labour markets

Tags:  Italy, education, wages, gender, women, labour

Multi-trait matching and intergenerational mobility: A Cinderella story

Natalie Chen, Paola Conconi, Carlo Perroni,

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Mon, 10/10/2011

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Empowering women economically: 2010 Women’s Economic Opportunity Index

Leo Abruzzese 26 September 2010

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In recent decades girls’ and women’s education and health in most poor countries have dramatically improved. But progress in women’s economic opportunities is still lagging. In many emerging market economies, women consistently trail men in formal labour force participation, access to credit, entrepreneurship rates, income levels, and inheritance and ownership rights.

The story is very different in richer countries. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, women entered the workforce in droves, fuelling economic growth such that today many women lead global corporations and countries.

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Topics:  Development Labour markets Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  Labour Markets, gender equality, economic opportunity, women