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Care for Sick Children as a Proxy for Gender Equality in the Family

  • Rickard Eriksson
  • Magnus Nermo

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Swedish parents are entitled to government paid benefits to take care of sick children. In this paper we show that the gender distribution of paid care for sick children is a good proxy for the gender division of household work. Using two examples we show that registry data on care for sick children is a useful data source for studies on gender equality. Our first example shows that increased effort at work by one spouse leads to a lower effort in household work for this spouse, and a higher effort at home for the other spouse. Our second example provides some evidence for a procyclical pattern in gender equality.

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Volume (Year): 97 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 341-356

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