Family Life in Lockdown

21 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

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Pietro Biroli

University of Zurich - Department of Economics

Steven Bosworth

University of Reading

Marina Della Giusta

University of Reading - Department of Economics; IZA

Amalia Di Girolamo

University of Birmingham

Sylvia Jaworska

University of Reading

Jeremy Vollen

University of Zurich

Abstract

We present findings from a novel survey of Italian, British, and American families in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic of spring 2020. A high percentage report disruptions in the patterns of family life, manifesting in new work patterns, chore allocations and household tensions. Though men have taken a greater share of childcare and grocery shopping duties, reallocations are not nearly as stark as disruptions to work patterns might suggest, and families having to reallocate duties report greater tensions. Our results paint a picture of tightened constraints budging up against stable and gendered patterns of intra-household cooperation. While the long-run consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown on family life cannot be assessed at this stage, we point towards the likely opportunities and challenges.

Keywords: lockdown, care, housework, tensions, COVID-19

JEL Classification: D13, J12, J22

Suggested Citation

Biroli, Pietro and Bosworth, Steven and Della Giusta, Marina and Di Girolamo, Amalia and Jaworska, Sylvia and Vollen, Jeremy, Family Life in Lockdown. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636627

Pietro Biroli (Contact Author)

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Steven Bosworth

University of Reading ( email )

Marina Della Giusta

University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )

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Amalia Di Girolamo

University of Birmingham

Sylvia Jaworska

University of Reading ( email )

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United Kingdom

Jeremy Vollen

University of Zurich

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Zürich, CH-8006
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