Do households live the family model they prefer? Household’s work patterns across European policy regimes

Lütolf, Meret; Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle (2022). Do households live the family model they prefer? Household’s work patterns across European policy regimes. Socio-Economic Review Oxford University Press 10.1093/ser/mwac023

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Studies have investigated the equalizing effect of childcare provision and parental leave schemes on gendered work patterns. However, as the relationship between policies and individual time allocations to paid work is complex and challenging to empirically assess, previous research has clarified single aspects of this complexity. The present study theoretically and empirically combines a household perspective by considering the work behaviours of two partners within one household (i.e. a household’s lived family model) with a comparative approach to systematically analyse relationships between specific policy designs and households’ paid work patterns in a large sample. The findings imply that extensive childcare policies are systematically related to an egalitarian household organization, mostly among those with small children. This association can be observed across households with varying levels of egalitarian norms. Conversely, the findings suggest that the current design of parental leave policies in the 21 European countries does not allow for a true assessment of the potential of leave schemes to influence the within-household division of labor.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Lütolf, Meret Anna Maria and Stadelmann, Isabelle

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1475-1461

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Stadelmann

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2022 09:10

Last Modified:

21 Jun 2022 09:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/ser/mwac023

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/169898

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/169898

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