Care for Sick Children as a Proxy for Gender Equality in the Family
2010 (English)In: Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300, E-ISSN 1573-0921, Vol. 97, no 3, 341-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Swedish parents are entitled to government paid benefits to take care of sick children. In this paper we show that the gender distribution of paid care for sick children is a good proxy for the gender division of household work. Using two examples we show that registry data on care for sick children is a useful data source for studies on gender equality in the family. Our first example shows that increased effort at work leads to a lower effort in household work, and a higher effort at home for the other spouse. Our second example provides some evidence for a pro-cyclical pattern in gender equality.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 97, no 3, 341-356 p.
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40490DOI: 10.1007/s11205-009-9505-yISI: 000278287600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-40490DiVA: diva2:324159