SIM Europe Downloads


Download Reform Barometer 2016.pdf
  • Reform Barometer 2016 (7 MB)
  • Bertelsmann Stiftung, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, Economic Policy Center (WPZ) at the University of St. Gallen
  • What do European governments do to remove social inequities? What reforms are promising? The reform barometer gives answers.

Download Social Justice Index 2016.pdf
  • Social Justice Index 2016 (5 MB)
  • Daniel Schraad-Tischler & Christof Schiller, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Based on 36 indicators, the Social Justice Index compares the 28 EU states across six dimensions: Poverty prevention, equitable education, labor market access, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health, as well as intergenerational justice.

Download Reform Barometer 2015 - Pilot Study.pdf
  • Reform Barometer 2015 - Pilot Study (2 MB)
  • Jan Arpe, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Simona Milio, LSE, Andrej Stuchlik, formerly Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • How do the EU member states address the most pressing social problems these days? Are their reform policies sufficient to safeguard social inclusion? The first edition of the SIM Europe Reform Barometer gives the answers.

Download Social Justice Index 2015.pdf
  • Social Justice Index 2015 (4 MB)
  • Daniel Schraad-Tischler, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • The Bertelsmann Stiftung conducts an annual study of developments in opportunities for social participation in all 28 EU member states. Despite economic recovery, the gap between young and old is growing and the social divide between northern and southern Europe remains immense.

Download Social Justice Index 2014.pdf
  • Social Justice Index 2014 (3 MB)
  • Daniel Schraad-Tischler & Christian Kroll, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • The growing social divide is a topic of much discussion these days. Certainly since the release of French economist Thomas Piketty’s recent book, Capital in the 21st Century, the topic of this widening gap is on everyone’s lips. The comparison of all 28 member states of the European Union (EU) presented here clearly shows that the concept of social justice is realized to very different extents within the borders of the EU. In fact, EU countries vary considerably in their ability to create a truly inclusive society.

Policy Briefs

  • Social Inclusion in Poland: Catching Up at an Uneven Speed (4 MB)
  • Poland is growing faster than the rest of Europe, and is consequently catching up to wealthier countries. Rising incomes and declining unemployment rates are creating opportunities and prosperity for a growing majority of people. While still related to the level of per capita income, the degree of social inclusion is relatively high compared to other EU member states, and is continuing to improve. However, some vulnerable groups participate in society to a lesser degree than what might be deemed fair. For example, singleparent families with children, as well as workers with precarious jobs who live in conditions of in-work poverty, continue to present policy challenges

  • Österreich zwischen gut und besser: Soziale Inklusions-Bilanz in vergleichender Sicht (6 MB)
  • Unsere Arbeits- und Lebenswelten sind seit Jahrzehnten in einem sich zuletzt enorm beschleunigenden Umbruch. Das wird im öffentlichen Diskurs durch Schlagworte wie Globalisierung, Automatisierung, Digitalisierung oder Individualisierung angesprochen, aber noch kaum verstanden oder gar profund und konsistent erklärt. Die bisher vorliegenden konkurrierenden Deutungsversuche und ein zugleich inspirierender wie verwirrender Pluralismus an Theorieansätzen sind schon angesichts der explodierenden empirischen Datenfülle unvermeidlich bruchstückhaft und unvollständig – und dementsprechend allzu strittig.

Download Labour Market and Social Policy in Italy: Challenges and Changes.pdf
  • POLICY BRIEF #2016/02 Labour Market and Social Policy in Italy: Challenges and Changes (1 MB)
  • Giuseppe Ciccarone, Giancarlo Dente & Simone Rosini, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini
  • The Great Recession hit Italy at a time of protracted structural weakness, affected by two decades of sluggish productivity growth and a high ratio of public debt to GDP. Almost ten years later, Italy has not solved its two main problems and is affected by a social emergency that can be observed in all of thedimensions analysed by the Social Justice Index. Italy ranks in the bottom third of all the main categories of the index and 25th out of the 28 EU countries overall. From a labour market perspective, Italy experienced a slight improvement in 2015 in comparison to 2014, but this was a general trend across all EU Member States and the extent of its improvement remained strictly below average.

Download Mercato del lavoro e politiche sociali in Italia: le sfide e i cambiamenti.pdf
  • POLICY BRIEF #2016/02 Mercato del lavoro e politiche sociali in Italia: le sfide e i cambiamenti (1 MB)
  • Giuseppe Ciccarone, Giancarlo Dente & Simone Rosini, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini
  • La Grande Recessione ha colpito l'Italia in un momento di debolezza strutturale protratta, caratterizzata da due decadi di crescita stagnante della produttività e da un tasso del debito pubblico elevato rispetto al PIL. Quasi dieci anni dopo, l'Italia non ha risolto i suoi due problemi principali ed ha bisogno di elaborare risposteimmediate. Nel 2015 si sono visti i primi segnali di ripresa, ma il miglioramento è rimasto al di sotto della media degli altri Stati membri dell'Unione Europea. Questo è quanto si evince dal Social Justice Index, un indice che misura lo stato della giustizia sociale nei 28 Paesi della UE, secondo il quale l'Italia risulta al 25esimo posto.

Download Young people at risk: Challenges and policy options for the UK.pdf
  • POLICY BRIEF #2016/01 Young people at risk: Challenges and policy options for the UK (1 MB)
  • Daniel Sage, University of the West of Scotland and Policy Network
  • The UK, despite a marked labour market improvement in recent years, still faces a wide range of challenges in tackling disadvantage and social exclusion amongst young people. The risk of child poverty and material deprivation has risen in recent years and the UK fares significantly worse on such measures compared to similar EU countries.

Download The Labour Market in Spain: Problems, Challenges and Future Trends.pdf
  • POLICY BRIEF #2015/01 The Labour Market in Spain: Problems, Challenges and Future Trends (686 KB)
  • Jordi Bacaria, Josep M. Coll & Elena Sánchez-Montijano, CIDOB Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
  • Spain’s economy was hit particularly hard by the financial crisis. After severe austerity measures have been implemented in recent years to contain a strong public debt increase, first signs of economic recovery are emerging. However, as SIM Europe results show, very few measures to soften the social consequences have been enacted. Spain scores second to last in the ‘Labour Market Access’ dimension of the Social Justice Index 2015, with the greatest deterioration among all EU countries compared to 2008. According to the Reform Barometer 2015, the quality of labour market reforms in Spain ranks last in the EU. With economic recovery gaining momentum, high priority should be given to ameliorating labour market access through higher education improvements, professional training, investments into R&D and promotion of high added-value industries.

Download El mercado laboral en España: problemas, retos y tendencias de futuro.pdf
  • POLICY BRIEF #2015/01 El mercado laboral en España: problemas, retos y tendencias de futuro (659 KB)
  • Jordi Bacaria, Josep M. Coll & Elena Sánchez-Montijano, CIDOB Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
  • La crisis financiera golpeó a España con especial crudeza. Después de que durante los últimos años se aplicasen estrictas medidas de austeridad para contener el fuerte aumento de la deuda pública, ahora aparecen los primeros indicios de recuperación económica. No obstante, tal como muestran los resultados del SIM Europe, son muy pocas las medidas promulgadas para suavizar las consecuencias sociales. España es la penúltima clasificada en la dimensión de «Acceso al mercado laboral» del Social Justice Index 2015, con el mayor nivel de deterioro de entre todos los países de la UE en comparación con 2008. Según el Reform Barometer de 2015, la calidad de las reformas del mercado laboral en España se sitúa en el último lugar de la UE. Dado que la recuperación económica está ganando impulso, debería ser una cuestión prioritaria mejorar el acceso al mercado laboral a través de la mejora de la educación superior, la formación profesional, la inversión en I+D y el fomento de sectores de gran valor añadido.

Download The Portuguese Economic Crisis: Policies and Outcomes.pdf
  • POLICY BRIEF 2015 The Portuguese Economic Crisis: Policies and Outcomes (4 MB)
  • Pedro Portugal
  • The policy brief “The Portuguese Economic Crisis: Policies and Outcomes” is part of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s ongoing work to contribute to an evidence-based debate on how to strengthen Europe’s economies and how to improve the economic governance of the European Union. Even before putting countries like Greece at the brink of default in 2012, the crisis had transformed into a political one too, and fuelled an unhealthy antagonism of Euro zone creditor and debtor countries.

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