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Fellow (1 September 2002 - 30 June 2003)
Data from the International Social Survey Programme on midlife men and women was used to examine how time use preferences and attitudes to work among women and men vary among five welfare regime types: Social-democratic, Liberal, Conservative-corporatist, Mediterranean and Transitional. The research benefited from the lively debate and sharing of ideas among members of the ageing theme group. Conference papers have resulted and several journal articles are in preparation.
A book, Gender, Pensions and the Lifecourse, based on previous research, was completed while at NIAS. This examines how UK pension policy continues to place mothers, and others who provide family care, at a disadvantage in building pension income. The book raises issues of distributional equity in relation to the gendered lifecourse and engages in the debate on pension privatisation, highlighting the gender impact of recent UK reforms and compares this with other EU countries. Other publications based on earlier research on pensions and on social capital and health were also completed at NIAS.
During the year, I gave a number of talks on my research, on both pensions and midlife employment, as well as participating in the work of the AGE Social Protection Expert Group on EU pensions, responding to UK government consultations on pensions and organising a very popular 'Ageing stream' for the European Sociological Association's international conference in September 2003.
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