This decade is one of transition – transition as we adapt to our economic circumstances, transition as we try to reduce the impact of climate change, and transition as we conserve resources of all kinds. But it is also a time of transition in terms of demography.
We are an ageing society. This is . . . → Read More: Why we must celebrate – not ignore – ageing – JRF (UK)
Why think about getting older? Old age isn’t about ‘them’, it’s about all of us.
We’re all heading in that direction – the number of people over 85 in the UK will double in the next 20 years. More of us than ever are reaching old age and those who do face new challenges. But . . . → Read More: New website: “A better life: Old age, new thoughts” – Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK)
This paper critically discusses the theoretical and empirical literature on the quantitative and qualitative employment impact of technological change, compares the relative explanatory power of the competing theories, and explains in detail the macro and micro evidence on the issue, with reference both to the advanced economies and the developing countries (DCs).
SOURCE: Marco . . . → Read More: Innovation, employment and skills in advanced and developing countries – IZA
Today (13 February) JRF is publishing a new poem by the former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, as it challenges society to think differently about growing old. The poem, inspired by the thoughts, experiences and stories of older people from a range of marginalised groups, some with high support needs, was commissioned by JRF as . . . → Read More: Challenging society to think differently about ageing – JRF (UK)
Description: A discussion of the national ideological frameworks that provide the impetus for child care policy formation and implementation and those policies’ connection to the historical and political context within several countries, including France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, the Nordic countries, and the United States
SOURCE: Lokteff, Maegan ; Piercy, Kathleen W., “”Who . . . → Read More: “Who cares for the children?”: Lessons from a global perspective of child care policy – Journal of Child and Family Studies
Many countries have had to tackle escalating youth unemployment in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, but compared with other countries in the European Union, youth unemployment has increased particularly sharply in Sweden. Currently, Swedish 20-24 year olds are more than three times as likely to be unemployed than are adult workers, . . . → Read More: Improving the school-to-work transition for vocational students – What can we learn from research? (Sweden)
Employability strongly moderates the effects of unemployment and of job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health. Using nationally representative panel data from Australia, I find that an increase in employability from zero to 100 per cent cancels around three quarters, in some cases more, of the detrimental effect of unemployment. Employability also matters . . . → Read More: Unpacking the misery multiplier: how employability modifies the impacts of unemployment and job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health
ACOSS welcomed the commencement today of new programs that will boost energy efficiency in low income households and community welfare organisations.
ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said “Energy prices have increased steeply over recent years, at rates well ahead of basic wages and income support payments.
“Many households struggle to keep up with the cost of . . . → Read More: Investments in energy efficiency will benefit low income households and social services – ACOSS
The first real test of whether the public will accept Australia’s carbon tax will be when electricity bills start landing in peoples’ mailboxes after 1 July 2012.
The main issue is that while the carbon tax is set at $23/tonne for 2012-13, the actual carbon tax embedded in the electricity bills will vary from . . . → Read More: Power prices will be the real test of the carbon tax – The Conversation