About Part-Time Work in Italy and Spain

It is finally out the book “Dualisation of Part-Time Work. The development of labour market insiders and outsiders”, edited by Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne C. Kavli and Ragnhild S. Jensen. In this book you will find a chapter written by Margarita León and me about part-time work in Italy and Spain. The book is edited by Policy Press and it is also available in digital formats.

This is the wonderful forefront!

In the chapter, we analyze the growth of “bad” part-time suffered during the year of crisis in South Europe and we apply an intersectional approach to see how distinct groups of women suffer from deteriorating conditions when employed part-time. One of the most important results is that indeed some groups of women (i.e. high-educated young women without children) are in the majority involuntarily employed part-time, up to 90% of total part-timers.

It has been a great honor to be part of this project thanks to the my MSCA project VINE and sharing the same book with scholars like Heejung Chung, Arne Kalleberg, Mara Yerkes and Birgit Pfau-Effinger. Definitely, a dream coming truth!

Speaking about Social Investment and Young in Italy.

Last Wednesday April 10th, 2019, I was happy to participate in the open debates for Critical Thinking at the Università Pompeu Fabra, de Barcelona. I was invited to discuss a coming soon chapter on Social Investment and Young in Italy, which will be soon published by Routledge. Great discussion indeed!

The chapter analyze the social and economic condition of young in Italy, putting in evidence their disadvantaged labour market integration. The second part of the analysis takes in account two of the main policies proposed for facing this phenomenon (apprenticeship in higher education and youth guarantee).

The results show that more than a supply-side driven problem, the problem of young Italians lies in a weak demand for high-skilled workers, a scarce interest in investing in Human Resources and an institutional system which is not able to favor a smooth transition to the labour market.

Marginal work in the REPS

Conference proceedings from the last edition 2018 of REPS (Red Espanola de Politicas Sociales) are now available online, including a contribution on marginal work in Southern Europe with A. Firinu. The chapter is entitled From dualization to continuum. Exploring dimensions of Outsiderness in Southern Europe

In this chapter, we explore involuntary non-standard work across a selection of six countries geographically located in the South of Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, France and Croatia) but not all belonging to the so-called Southern European model. Our analysis shows the growth of involuntariness and of work at risk of abuse along in the crisis, especially in France, Spain and Italy.

Read it at pag. 1257.

New Publication on Marginal Work

I am so happy to announce that a short chapter about marginal work in Italy written with Antonio Firinu has been published in a recent book from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli that explores the relationship between work and social vulnerability. The book is entitled “Porte Girevoli. Contributi di ricerca e buone pratiche sul lavoro marginale e le nuove vulnerabilità sociali” and it is freely accessible on the FGGF website.

The chapter (in Italian) gives a theoretical introduction to the concept of marginal work, then showing the growth of marginal work in correspondence with the crisis and concentrated among young adult (25-36).