Family-Friendly Policies and Gender (In)Equality in Paid and Unpaid Work

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC06 Family Research (host committee)
RC32 Women in Society

Language: English

We propose a regular session for the Committee on Family Research (RC06), jointly with RC32 Women in Society. By assembling up to five papers on the impact of “new” aspects of work-family reconciliation policies on gender (in)equalities, it will encourage a stimulating discussion of the future potential of such policies. 
Over the past decade, family research has been increasingly concerned with exploring how policies influence the gendered division of paid and unpaid work. Although  research has documented some short- and medium-term effects of work-family reconciliation policies, such as parental leave or child care provision, progress towards gender equality as a result of existing policies has been slow. Most studies have focused on broad policy indicators at the national level rather than examining specific policy designs and packages. Moreover, due to data availability, some policy areas have received more attention than others. 
This session seeks to advance the academic debate on family policy and research by exploring the conceptualization or outcomes of relatively “new” policies or under-researched aspects of “old” policies which may promote greater gender equality. Examples for such policy aspects include inter alia employer-provided policies, legal quotas for women on advisory boards, flexibility aspects of parental leave policies, or qualitative aspects of child care provision. We are inviting proposals for presentations that conceptualize or empirically investigate the consequences of such policies for gender equity. Methodologically, promising approaches for exploring policy impact include evaluations using longitudinal data, insightful comparisons within and across countries, as well as smaller-scale program interventions.
Session Organizers:
Pia SCHOBER, Department of Education Policy German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany and Lena HIPP, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany
Pia SCHOBER, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany
Flexible Working and Consequences for Working Patterns Post Childbirth for Mothers in the UK
Heejung CHUNG, University of Kent, United Kingdom; Mariska VAN DER HORST, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Father's and Mother's Work Hours and Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Jianghong LI, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany; Plamen AKALIYSKI, University of Norway, Norway; Lyndall STRAZDINS, Australian National University, Australia
How the Paradigm Shift in Germany's Family Policy Affects Mothers' Labour Force Participation
Martin BUJARD, Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany; Jasmin PASSET-WITTIG, Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany; Michael MUHLICHEN, Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany
Fatherhood in Five Nordic Countries: Policies and Practices
Tine ROSTGAARD, Aalborg University, Denmark; Gudny EYDAL, Iceland University, Iceland
Paternal Leave and Part-Timework: Challenges for Family Life, Future Perspectives
Gerlinde MAUERER, University of Vienna, Institute of Sociology; University of Applied Sciences Vienna, Austria
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