Abstract In recent times the economic conditions of working women have substantially improved in many aspects. On the new international policy agenda we now find the increase in both female employment and participation. Nevertheless, isolated policy measures can prove ineffective or even deteriorating, if not balanced with local needs and planning strategies. Several studies (i.e. Del Boca & Wetzels, 2007) have recently shown that surrounding institutional context significantly affects market participation and performance of female workers, or more generally parents (ILO, 2008). This paper will attempt to cast some light on the determinants of existing gaps in the supply of employment (and social) policy measures offered by some (Nordic) countries compared to other (Southern) countries, arguing how the crucial issue shared by many EU members is not (only) the reduction of unemployment or the increase in employment for women, but (also) the enforcement of the principle of non discrimination through increased participation and a new approach to potential relation between female work and innovation in technologies as well as in management. Keywords: labour market; female employment; innovation; discrimination. JEL Classification Codes: F15; I28; J13, J22, J71

Female participation to labour markets and the role of policy measures in local performance

PATIMO, RAFFAELLA
2011

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Abstract In recent times the economic conditions of working women have substantially improved in many aspects. On the new international policy agenda we now find the increase in both female employment and participation. Nevertheless, isolated policy measures can prove ineffective or even deteriorating, if not balanced with local needs and planning strategies. Several studies (i.e. Del Boca & Wetzels, 2007) have recently shown that surrounding institutional context significantly affects market participation and performance of female workers, or more generally parents (ILO, 2008). This paper will attempt to cast some light on the determinants of existing gaps in the supply of employment (and social) policy measures offered by some (Nordic) countries compared to other (Southern) countries, arguing how the crucial issue shared by many EU members is not (only) the reduction of unemployment or the increase in employment for women, but (also) the enforcement of the principle of non discrimination through increased participation and a new approach to potential relation between female work and innovation in technologies as well as in management. Keywords: labour market; female employment; innovation; discrimination. JEL Classification Codes: F15; I28; J13, J22, J71
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