Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110014
Authors: 
Kongar, Ebru
Berik, Günseli
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Levy Economics Institute 812
Abstract: 
Feminist and institutionalist literature has challenged the "Mancession" narrative of the 2007-09 recession and produced nuanced and gender-aware analyses of the labor market and well-being outcomes of the recession. Using American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data for 2003-12, this paper examines the recession's impact on gendered patterns of time use over the course of the 2003-12 business cycle. We find that the gender disparity in paid and unpaid work hours followed a U-shaped pattern, narrowing during the recession and widening slightly during the jobless recovery. The change in unpaid work disparity was smaller than that in paid work, and was short-lived. Consequently, mothers' total workload increased under the hardships of the Great Recession and declined only slightly during the recovery.
Subjects: 
Economics of Gender
Economic Crises
Time Use
Unemployment
Unpaid Labor
JEL: 
D13
J16
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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