ICES Seminar in Experimental Economics and Game Theory

Who you gonna call?: Gender inequality in demand for parental involvement

Friday, April 28, 2023 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Vernon Smith Hall (formerly Metropolitan Building), 5183

ICES Seminar in Experimental Economics and Game Theory

 

The ICES Seminar in Experimental Economics and Game Theory of the Spring 2023 semester will feature:

Olga Stoddard

Brigham Young University

Who you gonna call?: Gender inequality in demand for parental involvement

 

 

Abstract

Prior studies find significant inequality in time spent by men and women in heterosexual households on child-related tasks even when both parents work full time. This imbalance has been linked to gender inequalities in a wide range of labor market outcomes, human capital accumulation, and economic mobility. We investigate a novel source of this inequality: external demands for parental involvement. We pair a theoretical model with a large-scale field experiment with a near-universe of school principals and find that mothers are 1.4 times more likely to be contacted than fathers by their child’s school. We  decompose this inequality into discrimination stemming from differential beliefs about parents' availability versus other factors to better inform policies aimed at closing gender gaps. We experimentally test several solutions and present evidence that gender norms are in part responsible for the inequality that we document. Our findings underscore the process through which optimizing behavior of external agents creates systemic and persistent gender inequalities..

 

For more information about the Seminar Series, please visit the Seminar Schedule homepage.

Add this event to your calendar