Public Spending on Childcare as an Indicator of Gender Sensitivity of Budget

International Public Administration Review, 14(2-3), 2016

25 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2016

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Ana Marija Sikirić

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics

Josip Čičak

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: February 2, 2016

Abstract

Nowadays, women make more than 60% university graduates, but their status in the labour market does not fully reflect educational achievements, which leads to greater financial dependence of women on men and gender inequality in other areas. To determine the potential solutions to this situation the paper analyses correlation between public spending on childcare services, gender equality in terms of time spent in unpaid work and differences in employment rates of women with children under the age of 6 and women without children in EU. Results confirm significant positive correlation between specified variables and highlight the need to take into account different gender roles of men and women in the decision-making during the budgeting process in order to ensure equal opportunities to male and female labour force in the labour market as a precondition for greater gender equality.

Keywords: gender equality, gender-sensitive budgeting, childcare

JEL Classification: H52, I24, J12

Suggested Citation

Sikirić, Ana Marija and Čičak, Josip, Public Spending on Childcare as an Indicator of Gender Sensitivity of Budget (February 2, 2016). International Public Administration Review, 14(2-3), 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2814925

Ana Marija Sikirić (Contact Author)

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Ivana Filipovića 4
Rijeka, 51000
Croatia

Josip Čičak

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Ivana Filipovića 4
Rijeka, 51000
Croatia

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