What comes after caring? The impact of family care on women's employment


Ehrlich, Ulrike ; Möhring, Katja ; Drobnič, Sonja


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X19880934
URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/52622
Additional URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0192513X1...
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-526229
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Family Issues
Volume: 41
Issue number: 9
Page range: 1387-1419
Place of publication: Beverly Hills, CA [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Publications
ISSN: 0192-513X , 1552-5481
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Soziologie III, Soziologie d. Wohlfahrtsstaates (Juniorprofessur) (Möhring 2015-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Pre-existing license: Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Keywords (English): gender and family , quantitative , work and family , elder care , family care , women’s employment
Abstract: Previous research has shown that women providing family care tend to decrease paid work. We take the opposite perspective and examine how current and previous family care tasks influence women’s likelihood to (re-)enter employment or to increase working hours. Family care is defined as caring for an ill, disabled or frail elderly partner, parent, or other family member. Using German Socio-Economic Panel data, we apply Cox shared frailty regression modeling to analyze transitions (1) into paid work and (2) from part-time to full-time work among women aged 25–59. The results indicate that in the German policy context, part-time working women providing extensive family care have a lower propensity to increase working hours. When family care ends, the likelihood that part-time working women change to full-time does not increase. Homemaking women’s likelihood of entering the workforce is not influenced by either current or previous family care tasks.

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