Monitoring EU convergence

Upward convergence in employment and socioeconomic factors

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25 Септември 2019
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25 Септември 2019
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Abstract

Upward convergence is a process whereby the performance of EU Member States in a given domain or range of domains is seen to improve while gaps between Member States reduce. Achieving upward convergence is of crucial importance to the EU, as the increase of disparities among Member States threatens the cohesion of the Union by counteracting citizens’ expectations that EU membership will improve working and living conditions. This report investigates recent socioeconomic and employment trends across Member States and offers possible policy measures to assist in avoiding future divergence. The analysis is based on a set of 21 indicators; most of them are headline indicators on the Social Scoreboard of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The findings reveal that, despite the negative effect of the 2008 economic crisis, upward convergence trends have been restored in most of the indicators examined. 

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Convergence analysis in employment and socioeconomic indicators (wpef19054en - 25/09/2019)

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    Number of Pages: 
    76
    Reference No: 
    EF18042
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1951-3
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-19-607-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/810546
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    Upward convergence in employment and socioeconomic factors

    Upward convergence is a process whereby the performance of EU Member States in a given domain or range of domains is seen to improve while gaps between Member States reduce. Achieving upward convergence is of crucial importance to the EU, as the increase of disparities among Member States threatens the cohesion of the Union by counteracting citizens’ expectations that EU membership will improve working and living conditions.

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF180421
    Catalogue info

    Upward convergence in employment and socioeconomic factors - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Against the backdrop of rising concern over disparities in the social progress being made by Member States, Eurofound’s work programme for the period 2017–2020 includes a commitment to investigating upward convergence in Europe, with the ultimate aim of determining whether and where socioeconomic trends are converging or diverging across countries. This report is the first thematic output of the research strand entitled ‘Monitoring convergence in the European Union’. Using the conceptual and methodological work carried out by Eurofound in 2018, the report investigates upward socioeconomic and employment-related convergence using a set of 21 indicators, most of which are part of the Social Scoreboard of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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