Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223942
Authors: 
Andrew, Alison
Cattan, Sarah
Costa Dias, Monica
Farquharson, Christine
Kraftman, Lucy
Krutikova, Sonya
Phimister, Angus
Sevilla, Almudena
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 13500
Abstract: 
COVID-19 has uprooted many aspects of parents' daily routines, from their jobs to their childcare arrangements. In this paper, we provide a novel description of how parents in England living in two-parent opposite-gender families are spending their time under lockdown. We find that mothers' paid work has taken a larger hit than that of fathers', on both the extensive and intensive margins. We find that mothers are spending substantially longer in childcare and housework than their partners and that they are spending a larger fraction of their paid work hours having to juggle work and childcare. Gender differences in the allocation of domestic work cannot be straightforwardly explained by gender differences in employment rates or earnings. Very large gender asymmetries emerge when one partner has stopped working for pay during the crisis: mothers who have stopped working for pay do far more domestic work than fathers in the equivalent situation do.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
gender
childcare
Coronavirus
JEL: 
J21
J22
J24
J33
J63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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