EconPapers FAQ Archive maintainers FAQ Cookies at EconPapers Format for printing The RePEc blog The RePEc plagiarism page The gender gap in informal child care: theory and some evidence from ItalyFrancesca Barigozzi, Helmuth Cremer and Chiara Monfardini (Obfuscate( 'unibo.it', 'chiara.monfardini' ))No 19-1015, TSE Working Papers from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)Abstract:Our model studies couples' time allocation and career choices, which are affected by a social norm on gender roles in the family. Parents can provide two types of informal child care: basic care (feeding, changing children, baby-sitting) and quality care (activities that stimulate children's social and cognitive skills). We obtain the following main results. Traditional mothers provide some informal basic care, whereas career mothers purchase full time formal basic care in the market. Informal basic care is too large and the group of career mothers is too small because of the social norm. Informal quality care is increasing in the couple's income and is provided in larger amount by mothers. We test the model's predictions for Italy using the most recent ISTAT 'Use of Time' survey. In line with the model, mothers devote more time than fathers to both basic and quality informal care; more educated parents devote more time to quality informal care than less educated parents; more educated mothers spend more time in the labor market than less educated mothers.Keywords: Social norms; basic and quality child care; women's career choices; gender gaps (search for similar items in EconPapers)JEL-codes: D13 H23 J16 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)Date: 2019-06New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-gen, nep-lma and nep-socReferences: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feedDownloads: (external link) -fr.eu/sites/default/files/TSE/docu ... 2019/wp_tse_1015.pdf Full Text (application/pdf)Related works:Working Paper: The Gender Gap in Informal Child Care: Theory and Some Evidence from Italy (2019) Working Paper: The gender gap in informal child care: theory and some evidence from Italy (2019) Working Paper: The Gender Gap in Informal Child Care: Theory and Some Evidence from Italy (2019) This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/TextPersistent link: :tse:wpaper:123085Access Statistics for this paperMore papers in TSE Working Papers from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) Contact information at EDIRC.Bibliographic data for series maintained by (Obfuscate( 'tse-fr.eu', 'com' )). var addthis_config = "data_track_clickback":true; var addthis_share = url:" :tse:wpaper:123085"Share This site is part of RePEc and all the data displayed here is part of the RePEc data set. Is your work missing from RePEc? Here is how to contribute. Questions or problems? Check the EconPapers FAQ or send mail to Obfuscate( 'oru.se', 'econpapers' ). EconPapers is hosted by the Örebro University School of Business.