Presenter: Pablo Gracia (EUI)

Co-author: Joan García-Román (Minnesota Population Center)

When: Thursday, 10 December 2015, 13h30-15h00

Where: Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Abstract: We use data from the Spanish Time Use Survey (2009-2010) to investigate how children’s time use differs by parents’ work schedules (n =  595). Studying how children engage in different daily activities, and whether they receive regular support from mothers and fathers in their everyday activities, is relevant to better understand how parental work schedules generally influence child wellbeing. Yet, the literature on children’s time use has so far offered very limited evidence on this important question. The Spanish case is internationally unique due to the widespread presence of the ‘split-shift schedule,’ based on a long lunch break that splits the workday between morning and evening, having potential negative implications for children’s engagement in developmental-related activities. Our analyses will focus on whether parents are present in children’s daily activities, but we are also interested in studying a range of daily activities that are important in terms of child development, such as studying, doing homework, watching television, electronic activities, sports, and sleeping time.

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