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Parental leave policies and time use for mothers and fathers: A case study of Spain and Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3374-268X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2867-8537
Barcelona Agency of Public Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6653-3393
Barcelona Agency of Public Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6508-5768
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2017 (English)In: Society, health and vulnerability, ISSN 0283-1929, E-ISSN 1751-9020, Vol. 8, no 1, 1374103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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States play an important role in gender equality through policy structuring. In this case study, the aim is to explore whether changes in parental leave policies over two decades trickle down to changes in gendered time use in two polarised countries: Sweden and Spain, represented by the Basque Country. Sweden represents dual-earner countries with high relative gender equality, whereas Spain represents a south European policy model supporting a breadwinning/homemaker ideal. The results show that changes in the gendered time use among mothers and fathers in both countries are associated with changes in parental leave policies. Changes in policies directed towards increasing gender equality reduce the gender gap in time use among mothers and fathers and seem to increase gender equality within a country. From these results, the conclusion is that parental leave policies that are structured to promote or enable gender equality could reduce the gender time gap in work among mothers and fathers.

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2017. Vol. 8, no 1, 1374103
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case study, dual-earner policy model, gender, south European policy model, parental leave policy, time use
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31644DOI: 10.1080/20021518.2017.1374103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31644DiVA: diva2:1142738
Available from: 2017-09-20 Created: 2017-09-20 Last updated: 2017-10-12Bibliographically approved

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