Published on : Nov 04, 2015
A new report states that France fared relatively well on a variety of key social aspects such as fertility and health than other European countries following the global economic crisis of 2008. The study, released by INSEE, France’s national statistics office, states that France finds itself in the middle ground of European countries but is also in an unusual condition. While the recession affected European countries in vastly different manners, heavily indebted countries on Europe’s southern periphery, such as Portugal and Greece, had started cutting their welfare spending to a larger extent.
Although France comes in the lower average when considering the impact of the depression on the labor market, the country is doing a lot better on the fronts of healthcare spending and fertility.
Although the country saw a sharp rise in unemployment following the crisis, it claimed the top position among countries in the European Union in terms of fertility rate in the year 2013. In 2013, with two children per woman, fertility rate in France overtook Ireland, and averaged at 2.1 which guarantee stable population.
In countries in southern Europe, where unemployment rates have gone high up, the rate of fertility sharply reduced after 2008 from rates that were already low to lower than 1.4 children per woman in Greece, Spain, and Portugal.
The study states that the many factors that explain France’s good performance on this front are a well-established structure of childcare provisions and family benefits that encourage woman in the country to continue working after having children.
Some austerity programs have also had a huge impact on the amount of spending on healthcare that patients have to pay on their own in Ireland and countries in Southern Europe. French patients fared the best among all the European countries during the period