DP15358 Work, care and gender during the Covid-19 crisis

Author(s): Claudia Hupkau, Barbara Petrongolo
Publication Date: October 2020
Keyword(s): COVID-19, gender gaps, Home Production
JEL(s): J13, J16, J22, J31
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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We explore impacts of the pandemic crisis and associated restrictions to economic activity on paid and unpaid work for men and women in the UK. Using data from the Covid-19 supplement of Understanding Society, we find evidence that labour market outcomes of men and women were roughly equally affected at the extensive margin, as measured by the incidence of job loss or furloughing, but if anything women suffered smaller losses at the intensive margin, experiencing slightly smaller changes in hours and earnings. Within the household, women provided on average a larger share of increased childcare needs, but in an important share of households fathers became the primary childcare providers. These distributional consequences of the pandemic may be important to understand its inequality legacy over the longer term.