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

Rickard Eriksson and Magnus Nermo
Social Indicators Research
Vol. 97, No. 3 (July 2010), pp. 341-356
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40783371
Page Count: 16
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Care for Sick Children as a Proxy for Gender Equality in the Family
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Abstract

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 in the family. Our first example shows that increased effort at work leads to a lower effort in household work, and a higher effort at home for the other spouse. Our second example provides some evidence for a pro-cyclical pattern in gender equality.

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