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Maria Stanfors. Foto.

Maria Stanfors


Maria Stanfors. Foto.

Caregiving time costs and trade-offs with paid work and leisure : Evidence from Sweden and the UK and Canada


  • Maria Stanfors
  • Josephine Jacobs
  • Jeffrey Neilson

Summary, in English

Population ageing places pressure on pensions and health/caring services, creating an imperative to extend working lives. Alongside this, there has been increased political emphasis in Europe and elsewhere on the provision of care in the home. Many older people will thus be challenged by the responsibilities of caring for the sick, disabled and elderly, and participating in labor market activities. This paper investigates the conflicts that arise from this; more specifically what the time costs of unpaid care are and how caregiving time is traded-off against time in paid work and leisure time among men and women? We use time diary data from Sweden, the UK and Canada from 1990 to the present for multivariate analyses. Results indicate that both gender and educational differences in informal caregiving and trade-offs differ significantly across contexts with respect to the extensiveness of social infrastructure for caring with Sweden being more equal than elsewhere.


  • Centrum för ekonomisk demografi








  • Economic History

Conference name

Population Association of America, Annual Meeting, 2016

Conference date

2016-03-31 - 2016-04-02

Conference place

Washington DC, United States




  • Longer working lives and unpaid caregiving: costs, conflicts and tradeoffs in a comparative perspective