Family Investments in Children

What Drives the Social Gap in Parenting? (Study Paper No. 26)

By Jens Bonke, Gøsta Esping-Andersen

The quantity of childcare is decisive for children's well-being and skill development. Understanding parental dedication to childcare is important. Contemporary research on parenting has uncovered two important trends. First, particularly among fathers, parental childcare has increased notably over the past decades. Mothers' parental contributions have also risen despite the concomitant increase in the maternal labor supply. Second, the trend is associated with some polarization since the intensification of parental investment in children's care is far more pronounced among the highly educated. This report examines the research on these trends.

36 pages

Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788790199296