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Short-time work, unemployment and gender inequalities

Current Project


Gender Economics

Project Management

Katharina Wrohlich

Project Period

November 1, 2022 - October 31, 2024

In this project, we will evaluate and compare the impact of unemployment, parental leave and short- time work on the careers of men and women, as well as on the gender division of unpaid care work within families. In particular, we address the question of whether involuntary paid leave in form of short-time work affects gender gaps in the labor market as well as the existing gender division of unpaid care work in a different way than unemployment spells or voluntary parental leave. The results will allow us to draw conclusions about the potential of extended periods of paternal availability on gender equality and the optimal design of future family policy reforms.

DIW Team