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Intra-Household Time Allocation: Gender Differences in Caring for Children

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  • García-Mainar, Inmaculada

    ()
    (University of Zaragoza)

  • Molina, José Alberto

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    (University of Zaragoza)

  • Montuenga, Víctor M.

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    (University of Zaragoza)

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This paper analyses the intra-household allocation of time to show gender differences in childcare. In the framework of a general efficiency approach, hours spent on childcare by each parent are regressed against individual and household characteristics, for five samples (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), with data being drawn from the European Community Household Panel-ECHP (1994-2001). Empirical results show a clear inequality in childcare between fathers and mothers, with this being more evident in Mediterranean countries. Panel data estimates reveal that, in general, caring tasks are mainly influenced by the presence of young children in the household, by the total non-labor income, and by the ratio of mothers' non-labor income to family's non-labor income, with this latter variable exhibiting a different behavior across genders and across countries.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4188.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Publication status: published as 'Gender Differences in Childcare: Time Allocation in Five European Countries' in: Feminist Economics, 2011, 17 (1), 119-150
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4188

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Keywords: intra-household allocation; gender differences; childcare; time use;

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  1. Charlene Kalenkoski & David Ribar & Leslie Stratton, 2009. "The influence of wages on parents’ allocations of time to child care and market work in the United Kingdom," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 22(2), pages 399-419, April.
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  1. Molina, José Alberto & Montuenga, Víctor M., 2008. "The Motherhood Wage Penalty in a Mediterranean Country: The Case of Spain," IZA Discussion Papers 3574, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Diego Dueñas Fernández & Carlos Iglesias Fernández & Raquel Llorente Heras, 2011. "La gestión del tiempo de ocio y estudio por parte de los jóvenes: ¿cómo afectan las nuevas tecnologías?," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 6, in: Antonio Caparrós Ruiz (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 6, edition 1, volume 6, chapter 6, pages 101-117 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
  3. María Suárez, 2013. "Working mothers’ decisions on childcare: the case of Spain," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 545-561, December.

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