Women’s family care responsibilities, employment and health: A tale of two countries

Chiara Mussida, Raffaella Patimo

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

Persistently low employment of women in some countries can still be ascribed to a traditional perception of women’s role in society. According to observed data and prevailing social and cultural norms, women have been bearing the primary burdens of housework, childcare, and other family responsibilities. The unequal share of care responsibilities between women and men further worsens the disadvantages of women in balancing public and private life, with an impact on their employment and health outcomes. In this paper we investigate the role of family responsibilities in shaping employment and health outcomes by gender, in Italy and France, during and after the economic downturn. We use data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions for the time windows of 2007–2010 and 2011–2014. Our results support that gender differences in the share of responsibilities roles in the public and private sphere influence the employability and health perception of women.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)489-507
Numero di pagine19
RivistaJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Volume42
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Gender
  • Family care
  • Health

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