The development and the educational stratification of women’s and men’s childcare time in Germany. An update for 2001–2013




Professorship/Faculty: Demography  ; State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb)  
Author(s): Schulz, Florian  ; Engelhardt-Wölfler, Henriette
By: Engelhardt, Henriette 
Corporate Body: 82nd Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, 2017, Chicago, IL, USA
Publisher Information: Bamberg : opus
Year of publication: 2017
Pages: 1
Language(s): English
Remark: 
Poster
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-SA - Attribution - ShareAlike 3.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-503283
Abstract: 
Conference Poster: This study updates empirical knowledge about (1) the development, (2) the educational stratification, and (3) the decomposition of mothers’ and fathers’ childcare time in Germany with the most recent time use data. Using time series data from the German Time Use Study 2001/2002 and 2012/2013, we analyze time budgets for total childcare and six specific childcare activities on weekdays and weekends and estimate OLS regressions and Oaxaca decompositions. The study found that (1) total childcare time has increased for mothers and fathers between 2001 and 2013 and that this change is predominantly due to increased time for basic childcare. (2) It also found consistent evidence of an education gradient only for reading time with children. (3) If there is significant change of time budgets between 2001 and 2013, this change seems to be driven by behavioral change rather than changing demographics. Our empirical findings on childcare time in Germany do not provide evidence of dynamics and stratification but rather of stability and similarity across parents’ educational levels. Besides the updates on German parents’ development, stratification and decomposition of time use for childcare, this analyses show that change in total childcare is not due to a proportional change over all single activities but due to changes in a few activities only.
Keywords: time use, childcare, Germany, mothers, fathers
Peer Reviewed: Ja
Document Type: Conferenceobject
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/42648
Year of publication: 7. November 2017

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