Studying Care, Doing Care: Does the Field of Study Affect Men''s Involvement in Unpaid Work? a Comparison between Norway, Austria and Poland
Teresa Martín-García, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Cristina Solera, University of Turin
We expect these men to have different involvement in unpaid work, especially in fathering, due to already-existing attitudes and values when choosing type of education; their family-oriented socialization during the formative years; and cost-benefit calculations concerning their occupations and career paths. The findings show that traditional female fields are not more decisive for sharing childcare than for housework and, although not so clearly distinctive, there is a positive association between men studying in certain traditional fields and their involvement in unpaid work. As expected, these effects appear more pronounced in Austria and especially in Poland vs. Norway since more traditional gender norms and less institutional support for a “dual earner-dual carer” model may hinder men (and women) to follow their preferences, as captured by type of education.
Presented in Session 1104: Families and Households