Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/79477
Authors: 
Berik, Günseli
Kongar, Ebru
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Levy Economics Institute 726
Abstract: 
The recession precipitated by the US financial crisis of 2007 accelerated the convergence of women's and men's employment rates, as men experienced disproportionate job losses and women's entry into the labor force gathered pace. Using the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data for 2003-10, this study examines whether the recession also occasioned a decline in disparity in unpaid work burdens and provided impetus for overall progress toward equity in the workloads, leisure time, and personal care hours of mothers and fathers. Controlling for the prerecession trends, we find that the recession contributed to the convergence of both paid and unpaid work only during the December 2007-June 2009 period. The combined effect of the recession and the jobless recovery was a move toward equity in the paid work hours of mothers and fathers, a relative increase in the total workload of mothers, and a relative decline in their personal care and leisure time.
Subjects: 
Economics of Gender
Unemployment
Time Use
Economic Crises
JEL: 
D13
J16
J22
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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