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Title:Intra-household time allocation: gender differences in caring for children PDF Logo
Authors:Garcia, Inmaculada
Molina, José Alberto
Montuenga, Víctor M.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4188
Abstract:This paper analyses the intra-household allocation of time to show gender differences in childcare. In the framework of a general efficiency approach, hours spent on childcare by each parent are regressed against individual and household characteristics, for five samples (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), with data being drawn from the European Community Household Panel-ECHP (1994-2001). Empirical results show a clear inequality in childcare between fathers and mothers, with this being more evident in Mediterranean countries. Panel data estimates reveal that, in general, caring tasks are mainly influenced by the presence of young children in the household, by the total non-labor income, and by the ratio of mothers' non-labor income to family's non-labor income, with this latter variable exhibiting a different behavior across genders and across countries.
Subjects:Childcare
gender differences
intra-household
JEL:D13
J22
C33
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090612126
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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