EU Sources - Investing in care: a gender equitable alternative to austerity - March 31, 2016

A report by the UK Women’s Budget Group for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) shows that sustained investment of public funds in childcare and eldercare services is worthwhile and that it is more effective in reducing public deficits and debt than austerity policies. It would boost employment, earnings and economic growth as well as foster gender equality. The report indicates that investing 2 % of GDP in the caring industries would generate up to one million jobs in Italy, 1.5 million in the UK, and two million in Germany. The investment would raise women’s employment rate given their greater concentration in the care industry: between 3.3 percentage points in Italy (660,000 jobs) and 1.1 million jobs the UK, and Germany (1.4 million jobs).

English: http://www.equaltimes.org/investing-in-the-care-economy …  

The report: http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/care_economy_en.pdf

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