Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91809
Authors: 
Angermann, Annette
Eichhorst, Werner
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Policy Paper 71
Abstract: 
Personal and household services have grown in importance as a potential area of employment creation. By formalizing personal and household services, not only can service jobs be created with providers, but also private households can be relieved from informal work in order that women in particular can participate more strongly in the labor market. This paper reviews the findings from national experiences with strategies to develop formal personal and household services in European countries, addressing issues such as the definition of these services, quality and professionalization, organizational infrastructure, public support schemes and working conditions. We argue that, under certain institutional conditions, personal and household services can represent an important area of regular employment and increase the reconciliation of work and family life.
Subjects: 
personal and household services
Europe
voucher systems
care
JEL: 
J14
J38
J45
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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