Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224030
Authors: 
Tani, Massimiliano
Cheng, Zhiming
Mendolia, Silvia
Paloyo, Alfredo R.
Savage, David
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 13588
Abstract: 
The COVID-19 pandemic and the policy measures to control its spread – lockdowns, physical distancing, and social isolation – has coincided with the deterioration of people's mental well-being. We use data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) to document how this phenomenon is related to the situation of working parents who now have to manage competing time demands across the two life domains of work and home. We show that the worsening of mental health in the United Kingdom is worse for working parents, and that it is especially related to the increased financial insecurity and the time spent on childcare and home schooling. We find that this burden is not shared equally between men and women, and between richer and poorer households. In crafting public policy responses to the pandemic, better outcomes can be achieved if policymakers are cognizant of these inequalities.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
working parents
United Kingdom
childcare
mental health
financial insecurity
JEL: 
I14
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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