Converging Times: Parenthood, time allocation and the gender division of labour in Sweden 1990-2010

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)


This dissertation examines the changing time allocation of men and women at the turn of the 21st century in Sweden, an interesting case given its strong position concerning female labor force participation, maternal employment, and gender equality. The aim is to examine to what extent gender and parenthood affect various types of time allocation, both in the labor market and household, and provide new insights into changes occurring over time between 1990 and 2010. Throughout the 20th century, women became increasing engaged in the labor market, yet parenthood has continued to impact how women spend their time to a much greater extent than men. The persistent, gendered impact of parenthood has begun to change however, which has implications not yet fully understood or documented. Results place Swedish developments in an international perspective, while contributing to our understanding of the changing behavior of men and women in the labor market and household.


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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economic History


  • division of labor, gender, parenthood, time use, Sweden
Original languageEnglish
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Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2016 Sep 16
Place of PublicationLund
  • Printed in Sweden by Media-Tryck, Lund University
Print ISBNs978-91-87793-24-0
Electronic ISBNs978-91-87793-25-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 25
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2016-09-16 Time: 10:15 Place: Holger Crafoord Centre EC3:207 External reviewer Name: Bonke, Jens Title: PhD Affiliation: Rockwool Foundation, Copenhagen ---

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