Squeezed in Midlife. Studies of unpaid caregiving among working-age men and women across Europe
- Labbas, Elisa
- Squeezed in Midlife. Studies of unpaid caregiving among working-age men and women across Europe
- Lund University. School of Economics and Management Department of Economic History
- ISBN 978-91-87793-88-2
Across the globe, medical advances and knowledge about health behaviours have allowed remarkable improvements in life expectancy. Although the developments are largely positive, population ageing raises a new set of challenges for policymakers to tackle as the shares of the population in advanced ages are growing. As many men and women as possible are needed to participate in the labour market to widen the tax base that supports national economies. Alongside employment, increasingly many working-age people provide regular assistance to older (65+) family members and relatives who no longer get by in their daily lives without support. A new balance of paid work and unpaid care is thus forming across Europe and beyond, with implications
for both individuals and societies.