Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/226713
Authors: 
Barth, Denise
Jessen, Jonas
Spieß, C. Katharina
Wrohlich, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2020
Citation: 
[Journal:] DIW Weekly Report [ISSN:] 2568-7697 [Volume:] 10 [Year:] 2020 [Issue:] 38 [Pages:] 403-410
Abstract: 
Work and family life arrangements differed greatly between the east and west before German reunification in 1990. Since reunification, however, the employment rates of mothers with children requiring childcare have converged. This trend is accompanied by a growing approval of maternal employment, especially in western Germany. However, differences in actual working hours remain. Mothers in the east work full time markedly more often compared to mothers in the west. However, women in younger age cohorts approve less of working mother with toddlers compared to women in older age cohorts, especially in the east. It remains to be seen whether a further expansion of day care in childcare centers and elementary schools will lead to a change in attitudes and thus also in the full-time employment of mothers with young children.
Subjects: 
female labor force participation
German reunification
family policy
gender roles
JEL: 
J21
J16
Z13
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Document Type: 
Article

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