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Der Einfluss der Pflegeverantwortung von Frauen auf das Arbeitsangebot ihrer Partner: eine Untersuchung mit dem SOEP

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Due to the growing number of people in need of care and the importance of informal caregiving, achieving a work-care balance should be of certain relevance for couples. This work analyses, based on data of the German Socio-Economic Panel, if there are “spill-over” effects from care to work within couples. For the years 2001-2011, it is examined if informal care by women influences the employment of their spouses. Caring is considered as part of the inner family bargaining processes. Previous research shows that caring women reduce their working hours. Taking that into account and considering theoretical arguments of the gender sociology and the new home economics, it is assumed that informal care of women leads to an increase in the employment of their husbands. Descriptive results show that partners of caring women have a higher working time than their counterparts. The regression results show that there is a positive, significant link between informal care done by women and the labor supply of their spouses. Restricting the sample to working men only, the association remains positive but gets insignificant. A possible explanation of this is that the informal care done by women depends on the work performance of their spouses.

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  • Judith Kaschowitz, 2015. "Der Einfluss der Pflegeverantwortung von Frauen auf das Arbeitsangebot ihrer Partner: eine Untersuchung mit dem SOEP," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 780, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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    Informelle Pflege; Erwerbsarbeit; Paare; Arbeitsteilung; Längsschnittanalyse;

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