Monitoring EU convergence

Upward convergence in the EU: Concepts, measurements and indicators

Report
Mis à jour
17 Décembre 2018
Publié
17 Décembre 2018
Formats
Executive summary in 22 languages

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Résumé

In the wake of an economic crisis that had a very uneven impact on social outcomes across EU Member States, EU leaders and policymakers have come to acknowledge that to make social Europe a reality, social convergence must be given an equal footing to economic convergence in policymaking. In this context, and with rising concern over disparities in the social progress of Member States, Eurofound has established a research strand to provide the evidence on whether and where socioeconomic trends are converging or diverging across countries. This report establishes a conceptual framework to support Eurofound’s research on convergence. It develops a methodological strategy to examine convergence and applies it to investigate patterns across the EU in 37 indicators. These encompass four areas of the social domain: employment, working conditions, living conditions and socioeconomic factors. It finds that since the crisis, there has been upward convergence in 23 of the indicators.

 

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    74
    Reference No: 
    ef18003
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1798-4
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-03-18-486-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/68012
    Catalogue info

    Upward convergence in the EU: Concepts, measurements and indicators

    In the wake of an economic crisis that had a very uneven impact on social outcomes across EU Member States, EU leaders and policymakers have come to acknowledge that to make social Europe a reality, social convergence must be given an equal footing to economic convergence in policymaking. In this context, and with rising concern over disparities in the social progress of Member States, Eurofound has established a research strand to provide the evidence on whether and where socioeconomic trends are converging or diverging across countries.

    Available formats

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    ef180031
    Catalogue info

    Convergence vers le haut dans l’UE: concepts, mesures et indicateurs

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    À la suite de la crise économique, les dirigeants et les décideurs politiques de l’UE ont reconnu que, pour faire de l’Europe sociale une réalité, il fallait mettre sur un pied d’égalité la convergence sociale et la convergence économique dans le cadre de l’élaboration des politiques. Dans ce contexte, Eurofound a mis au point un axe de recherche afin de fournir des éléments permettant de déterminer si les tendances socio-économiques convergent ou divergent selon les pays. Le présent rapport établit un cadre conceptuel pour soutenir la recherche d’Eurofound sur la convergence. Il élabore une stratégie méthodologique pour l’examen de la convergence et l’applique afin d’étudier les structures dans l’ensemble de l’UE pour 37 indicateurs. Ceux-ci couvrent quatre volets du domaine social: l’emploi, les conditions de travail, les conditions de vie et les facteurs socio-économiques.

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