Quality of life in Europe: Social inequalities

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03 December 2013
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Abstract

This report examines social inequalities in the distribution of freedoms and opportunities among individuals and population subgroups in Europe. Using data from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), the report builds up an evidence base on social inequalities in four critical areas of life: health, standard of living, productive and valued activities, and individual, family and social life. It examines the role of important determinants of social inequalities including gender, age, disability status, employment status and citizenship status, as well as other drivers. The report finds that, in some instances, there is evidence of disadvantages becoming more prevalent and social inequalities widening between the second wave of the EQLS in 2007 and the third wave in 2011. It recommends that growing policy attention to the multidimensional aspects of well-being be coupled with effective public action to address social inequalities and integrated into general policies at the European and Member State levels. 
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    Number of Pages: 
    74
    Reference No: 
    ef1362
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1125-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-03-13-477-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/45943
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    Quality of life in Europe: Social inequalities

    This report examines social inequalities in the distribution of freedoms and opportunities among individuals and population subgroups in Europe. Using data from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), the report builds up an evidence base on social inequalities in four critical areas of life: health, standard of living, productive and valued activities, and individual, family and social life. It examines the role of important determinants of social inequalities including gender, age, disability status, employment status and citizenship status, as well as other drivers. The report finds that, in some instances, there is evidence of disadvantages becoming more prevalent and social inequalities widening between the second wave of the EQLS in 2007 and the third wave in 2011. It recommends that growing policy attention to the multidimensional aspects of well-being be coupled with effective public action to address social inequalities and integrated into general policies at the European and Member State levels.

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    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13621
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    Qualidade de vida na Europa: Desigualdades sociais

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    O presente relatório analisa as desigualdades sociais patentes na distribuição das liberdades e oportunidades entre as pessoas e os subgrupos populacionais da Europa. Utilizando dados do Inquérito Europeu sobre a Qualidade de Vida (EQLS), o relatório faz uma análise circunstanciada das desigualdades sociais em quatro aspetos essenciais: a saúde, o nível de vida, as atividades produtivas e valorizadas, e a vida pessoal, familiar e social. Analisa o papel de importantes fatores subjacentes às desigualdades sociais, incluindo o género, a idade, o estado de incapacidade, a situação profissional e a cidadania, bem como outros fatores. O relatório conclui que, em alguns casos, existem indícios de que o número de pessoas desfavorecidas aumentou e as desigualdades sociais se aprofundaram entre o segundo EQLS, realizado em 2007, e o terceiro, efetuado em 2011. Recomenda, assim, que a crescente atenção das políticas aos aspetos multidimensionais do bem-estar seja associada a uma ação pública eficaz de combate às desigualdades sociais, integrada nas políticas gerais adotadas a nível europeu e dos Estados Membros.



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