Online Talk: Baby Steps: The Gender Division of Childcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Professor Sarah smith, University of Bristol, & Professor Cameron Hepburn, INET Oxford and The Smith School. Wednesday 7 October, 4pm – 5pm BST
This talk is in conjunction with The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.
The nature and scale of the shocks to the demand for, and the supply of, home childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic provide a unique opportunity to increase our understanding of the division of home labour and the determinants of specialisation within the household. Real-time data was collected on daily lives to document the impact of measures to control COVID-19 on UK families with children under the age of 12. This documented that these families have been doing the equivalent of a working week in childcare, with mothers bearing most of the burden. The additional hours of childcare done by women are less sensitive to their employment than they are for men, leaving many women juggling work and (a lot more) childcare, with likely adverse effects on their mental health and future careers. However, some households, those in which men have not been working, have taken greater steps towards an equal allocation, offering the prospect of sharing the burden of childcare more equally in the future. Join Professor Sarah Smith, Professor of Economics from the University of Bristol, and Professor Cameron Hepburn where they will discuss the implications of these findings and what the future will hold.
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