Socio-Demographic Consequences of the Great Recession
Our project aims to understand the role played by the economic crises in producing and reproducing gender and social class inequalities. We shall address key socio-demographic dimensions such as income and employment, health, gender relations, and family outcomes. We strongly emphasize the interrelationship between these domains and adopt the framework of a long-run perspective of social change. The main aims of the project are assessing the extent to which job polarization has increased in Europe during the Great Recession; investigating the consequences of the economic recession on parents' transmission of advantage/disadvantage to children; identifying whether and to what extent the crisis years have exacerbated the longer run trend towards polarization in family life; and exploring the reinforcement of income inequalities across households. We tackle these issues with two general hypotheses: a) the long duration of the recession has exacerbated long term trends existing in advanced societies involving social and demographic polarization and increased intra- and inter-generational inequalities; and b) social contexts play a key role in mediating the negative impact of the crises in individual life courses. To identify the net effects of the economic crisis on social and demographic outcomes, we opt for a design which allows us to measure conditions and distributions pre- and post- crisis, using comparative data from international data sources.