What Would They Do? Childcare Under Parental Leave and Reduced Hours Options

19 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2011

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Robert W. Drago

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations

Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

Time diary data are used to simulate the effects of parental leave and reduced hours arrangements on childcare time among parents of infants. Estimates suggest that coupled fathers would apply approximately 70 percent of working time reductions under leave or reduced hours to childcare. Both coupled and single mothers translate working time reductions into childcare at higher rates. The analysis highlights inequalities across lines of gender, marital status, and socioeconomic status associated with existing policies and suggests policy innovations to both raise parental investments in childcare time and reduce levels of inequality.

Suggested Citation

Drago, Robert W., What Would They Do? Childcare Under Parental Leave and Reduced Hours Options (October 2011). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp. 610-628, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1935231 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00659.x

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