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Active ageing and gender equality: A labour market perspective

Fabrizio Botti (), Marcella Corsi () and Carlo D'Ippoliti ()

No 11-13, DULBEA Working Papers from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: Active ageing strategies have so far strongly focussed on increasing senior workers employment rates through pension reforms to develop incentives to retire later on the one hand, and labour market policies on the other hand. Most measures are based on the dominant male trajectory of work and retirement and they are not explicitly gender mainstreamed. By contrast, a gender approach would prove fundamental to the labour market inclusion of elderly people, because in old age women suffer from the accumulated impact of the barriers to employment they encountered during their lifetime (e.g. repeated career breaks, part-time work, low pay and gender pay gap). Moreover, it appears that some pension reforms, by mandating a higher postponement of retirement and by establishing tighter links between formal employment and pension benefits may negatively affect the already high risk of poverty for elderly women. Active ageing strategies have so far strongly focussed on increasing senior workers employment rates through pension reforms to develop incentives to retire later on the one hand, and labour market policies on the other hand. Most measures are based on the dominant male trajectory of work and retirement and they are not explicitly gender mainstreamed. By contrast, a gender approach would prove fundamental to the labour market inclusion of elderly people, because in old age women suffer from the accumulated impact of the barriers to employment they encountered during their lifetime (e.g. repeated career breaks, part-time work, low pay and gender pay gap). Moreover, it appears that some pension reforms, by mandating a higher postponement of retirement and by establishing tighter links between formal employment and pension benefits may negatively affect the already high risk of poverty for elderly women.

Keywords: Gender differences; Ageing; Pensions; Active labour market policies; Age management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J14 J16 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 p.
Date: 2011-12-19
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dem, nep-hme and nep-lab
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