Does Parenthood Strengthen a Traditional Household Division of Labor? Evidence From Sweden

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Abstract

Parenthood is often considered a major factor behind gender differences in time allocation, especially between paid work and housework. This article investigates the impact of parenthood on men's and women's daily time use in Sweden and how it changed over the 1990s. The analysis is made using time diary data from the Multinational Time Use Survey (MTUS; N = 13,729) and multivariate Tobit regressions. The results indicate that while parenthood in 1990 - 1991 clearly strengthened the traditional gender division of labor in the household, this was much less the case in 2000 - 2001, when parenthood affected men and women in a more similar way.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-45
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economic History

Keywords

  • transition to parenthood
  • time use
  • fatherhood
  • time diary methods
  • work family balance

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