Hours of paid work among single and partnered mothers in Australia: the role of childcare packages

Brady, Michelle and Perales, Francisco (2016) Hours of paid work among single and partnered mothers in Australia: the role of childcare packages. Journal of Family Issues, 37 3: 321-343. doi:10.1177/0192513X14531416

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Author Brady, Michelle
Perales, Francisco
Title Hours of paid work among single and partnered mothers in Australia: the role of childcare packages
Journal name Journal of Family Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0192-513X
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0192513X14531416
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 321
End page 343
Total pages 24
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Research has established that families in developed countries commonly combine multiple sources of childcare. Yet, families’ packages of childcare and their effect on maternal labor force participation are underresearched, and the few existing empirical studies are primarily descriptive or use cross-sectional data. We add to the existing literature by theorizing and testing the relationships between family type, childcare arrangements, and mothers’ work hours using Australian panel data and panel regression models. We find that employed mothers of young children who use a mixed childcare package complete more hours of paid work than do employed mothers of young children who use other childcare packages, but the reasons for this association are different among single and partnered mothers. For single mothers the most important characteristic of mixed childcare packages appears to be their flexibility, whereas for partnered mothers mixed childcare increases employment hours by maximizing the hours of childcare available to them.
Keyword Childcare
Economic issues
Family policy
Gender and family
Work and family
Gender and work
Maternal employment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print April 29, 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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