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Does Fathers' Care Spill Over? Evaluating Reforms in the Swedish Parental Leave Program
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: Feminist Economics, ISSN 1354-5701, E-ISSN 1466-4372, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 67-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of reserving months for fathers in the Swedish parental leave system was to increase fathers' use of leave as well as encourage gender equality in the home and labor market. Using data from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, this study investigates the effects of the reform - reserving one month of leave for fathers in 1995 and a second month in 2002 - on gender equality in the home. The study uses the take up of the parental benefit for the care for sick children (CFSC) as a proxy for gender equality and follows parents' use of CFSC for twelve years for the first reform and ten years for the second reform. Results indicate the first reform led to more equal leave sharing, mainly because use of the benefit decreased among mothers with low education, and at least in part fulfilled the aim of increasing gender equality in the home.

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2019. Vol. 25, no 2, p. 67-89
Keywords [en]
Parental leave, family, division of labor, household labor, childcare, Sweden
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Economics and Business Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168474DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2018.1474240ISI: 000461721800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168474DiVA, id: diva2:1313117
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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