Spousal earnings and household dynamics: Evidence from a promotion reform
Speaker(s)Erik Grönqvist (Uppsala University, Sweden)
LocationTinbergen Institute Amsterdam, room 1.01
Date and time
October 12, 2021
16:00 - 17:00
This paper studies the impact of a substantial change in household relative wage on the reallocation of childcare time across parents. Our empirical strategy takes advantage of a promotion program for teachers, which led to a sudden and persistent 20 percent wage increase for promoted women and a 32 percent decrease in the couple's gender wage gap. Our findings suggest that female promotions lead to a more even division of childcare. Overall, these findings suggest that improved career opportunities for women can improve gender equality in the household.