This paper shows that decisions regarding intra-household specializations are determined by gender norms rather than standard economic incentives. To test theoretical predictions of both the standard model of intra-household time allocation and the role of gender identity, social category and prescriptions, I use variation from a Danish parental leave reform. I find large effects among mothers and virtually unchanged behavior among fathers, irrespective of relative earnings in the household. This is consistent with the notion of pay-off from gender identity. Subsequently, I find peer effects among sisters and interpret this as reform-induced prescriptions regarding extensive leave for mothers.
|Udgiver||Copenhagen Business School [wp]|
|Status||Udgivet - 2021|
|Navn||Working Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School|
- Intra-household specialization
- Gender norms
- Parental leave
- Peer effects