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The Gendering Effects of Sweden’s Gender-neutral Care Leave Policy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2011 (English)In: Population Review, Vol. 50, no 1, 156-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current gender-neutral care leave for care of sick children program in Sweden provides parents with a

substantial number of publicly paid days per year. These are used when parents have to be absent from

work to care for a sick child who cannot attend public childcare. Although gender neutral from the start,

women still take the majority of days. We investigate whether the existing policy design plays a role in

the division of leave. We study the income cap in the program using individual-level register data for the

years 2005 and 2006. We show that there seems to be a clear effect of the income cap on the division of

leave: if only one partner has an income below the cap, he/she uses the majority of days. However,

analyses of a policy change that raised the cap reveal no effect on the division of leave.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 50, no 1, 156-169 p.
Keyword [en]
Care leave, difference-in-differences, gender, gender-neutral, gendering effects, policy effects, social policy, Sweden
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Demography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69172DOI: 10.1353/prv.2011.0008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-69172DiVA: diva2:475237
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2012-01-12Bibliographically approved

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