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Südosteuropa

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Coping Strategies of Economically (Partially) Inactive Households: The Case of Croatia

Dragan Bagić
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  • Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Ivana Lučića 3, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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/ Ivana Dobrotić / Jasminka Lažnjak / Petra Rodik / Tanja Vučkovićjuroš
Published Online: 2017-10-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/soeu-2017-0034

Abstract

How do households with inactive or unemployed members face growing risks and uncertainty? The present study tackles this problem with a case study on Croatia, a country at the bottom of the European Union’s (EU) scale of economic activity rate. The low level of activity that has characterized Croatia for more than twenty years has been accompanied by a continuously high unemployment rate, which has further increased since 2009. In this context, households with (long-term) inactive or unemployed members have had to develop alternative coping strategies. In order to identify and examine these strategies, in 2014 we conducted a mixed-method study, including a quantitative survey of 453 households and 37 semi-structured interviews. We identified six household strategies, more or less ‘successful’ in terms of the household’s material position. In this essay we further examine these strategies’ characteristics and implications, with a focus on the profiles of households employing specific strategies.

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Dragan Bagić

Dragan Bagić is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zagreb.

Ivana Dobrotić

Ivana Dobrotić is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the University of Zagreb.

Jasminka Lažnjak

Jasminka Lažnjak is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zagreb.

Petra Rodik

Petra Rodik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zagreb.

Tanja Vučkovićjuroš

Tanja Vučković Juroš is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Social Policy at the University of Zagreb.


Published Online: 2017-10-12

Published in Print: 2017-09-26


Citation Information: Südosteuropa, Volume 65, Issue 3, Pages 542–564, ISSN (Online) 2364-933X, ISSN (Print) 0722-480X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/soeu-2017-0034.

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