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An Approach To Social Policy In Romania From The Lifecycle Perspective


  • Maria POENARU

    () (Institute of National Economy, Romanian Academy)


The demographic reality and the changes of population compositions, families and communities from the urban and, respectively, the rural area contain several challenges for reconfiguring the social policies in the future. This study proposes an approach of the Romanian social policy in the context of ageing, of changes and risks it generates from the lifecycle perspective. First, the main arguments are reviewed that motivate such an approach by highlighting the modification trends of risks and opportunities during the individuals’ lifetime. Next, an analysis is realised with respect to the opportunities of adjusting the social policy to the risks associated to the main stages of the lifecycle: years of growing and learning (childhood and adolescence); the period of forming families and the working life years; the post-active period. A special emphasis is laid on taking into account the differences between men and women. The study contains recommendations for policies oriented on diminishing the risks during the lifecycle in the context of ageing.

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  • Maria POENARU, 2009. "An Approach To Social Policy In Romania From The Lifecycle Perspective," Romanian Journal of Economics, Institute of National Economy, vol. 28(1(37)), pages 134-167, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ine:journl:v:1:y:2009:i:37:p:134-167

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    lifecycle; social policy; Romania; ageing social policy; ageing gender; social risk;

    JEL classification:

    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies


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