Ageing, working, caring: Does gender matter? with Professor Fiona Carmichael
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Fiona Carmichael is Professor of Labour Economics. Her research on informal care and older workers crosses disciplinary lines in the social sciences.
Life expectancy has increased in the UK and worldwide. This should be good news yet most of the headlines linked to demographic ageing are negative - rising costs of health and social care, bed blocking in the NHS, job blocking in the labour market, the pensions 'time bomb', 'care home hell'. How did what is clearly good news from the perspective of the individual become such bad news? This lecture will address this question and consider current policy responses to demographic ageing including raising pension ages and extending working lives. These changes have implications for all of us; older women and men and the younger cohorts who are ageing and caring with them. An additional consideration is the potential conflict between these policies and simultaneously increasing demand for informal elder-care. How this conflict is played out depends on a variety of factors including gender. Given that the traditional source of informal care is women, there are already differences in how women's and men's lives are constrained and shaped by trade-offs between unpaid caring and paid employment.
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