Social Cohesion Across Europe: Does Time Allocation Matter?
European Review of Labour and Research, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2005
15 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2007
The concept of social cohesion is frequently present in many recent academic debates and policy documents. The aim of this research is to point out the shortcoming of the present indicators for social cohesion and the advantage of including time-allocation data on the evaluation and measurement of social cohesion. For example, time spent on household work and family care or time of voluntary and civic activities. The paper is organised as follows: first, the Eurostat and OECD social cohesion indicators are discussed in relation to concepts of social cohesion. In section two, some aspects of social cohesion are associated with time-allocation activities and it is argued that time use data, in some cases, is a more accurate or unique measure of social cohesion. In section three, empirical results are presented for European countries using illustrative indicators for social cohesion, time use data combined with regular social cohesion indicators. Finally, conclusions are presented.
Keywords: time allocation, social cohesion, Europe, indicators
JEL Classification: E2, J22
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